The two young teams in the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic will match up tonight at the Pepsi Center in a battle of youth.
The Nuggets are on a two-game winning streak and are returning home after a five-game road trip in which they finished 2-3, while the Magic just recently had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Los Angeles Clippers in a game they lost 101-103 on Saturday night.
The Orlando Magic look to remain red hot after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 101.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 16.3 points and 3.7 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 15.1 points and 2.3 assists. Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists and Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are getting 44 points from their bench in their last five games and have topped 100 points in six of their last seven. The Orlando Magic have lost four of their last six road games. C.J. Watson is doubtful with a calf injury.
The Denver Nuggets look for their third straight win after losing six of their last eight. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 97.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 17.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Will Barton is averaging 14 points and two assists. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay is dishing six assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are shooting just 41.7 percent from the field in their last five games and are 0-10 this year when scoring under 100 points. The Denver Nuggets have lost four straight home games. Gary Harris is questionable with a concussion.
The Magic are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Magic are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Denver and 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
Injured players: Wilson Chandler, hip (out), Jusuf Nurkic, knee (out), Gary Harris, concussion (doubtful), Danilo Gallinari, knee (questionable), C.J. Watson, calf (doubtful)
Key Matchup: Magic bench vs. Nuggets bench
Harrison Wind of BSN Denver had some interesting tweets yesterday regarding the defense of the Magic bench. This information makes the matchup between the Magic’s second unit and the Nuggets’ second unit one to keep an eye on for tonight’s game.