NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 5th (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (9-23) at Denver Nuggets (21-13), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Golden State will try to exorcise its demons in Denver tonight, when the Warriors square off with the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
The Warriors have lost four straight and 12 of their last 15 trips to the Rocky Mountains. They have also lost three in a row overall to Denver, which owns a 10-3 ledger over the previous 13 meetings in this series.
Golden State has lost the first two tests of a four-game road trip and suffered a 105-89 loss at Portland on Saturday. Monta Ellis posted 30 points and Corey Maggette finished with 22 for the Warriors, who are 3-16 away from Oakland and will also visit Minnesota on the road swing.
"They made a run, got back in the game, got the crowd into it and they made shots," Ellis said of the Blazers' surge to victory.
Anthony Randolph had 15 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause. Randolph is probable for Tuesday's game with a sore lower back.
Denver will resume a three-game homestand Tuesday and opened the residency with a 108-105 loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. Nene ended with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost six of eight overall and will also host Cleveland on the homestand.
Ty Lawson tied career highs with 23 points and nine assists, while Arron Afflalo and Kenyon Martin had 17 points apiece for Denver. Guard Chauncey Billups (groin) and forward Carmelo Anthony (knee) both missed the loss to the 76ers. Anthony is averaging 30.0 points per game and has missed two games in a row. He is questionable for tonight, while Billups is expected to miss Tuesday's game. Billups has missed four in a row and seven of eight games.
"It's real tough just to watch," said Anthony, who is second in the NBA in scoring. "A lot of thoughts go through your mind of what you can bring."
The Nuggets, who are tied with Portland atop the Northwest Division, own a 13-3 home mark this season.
01/05 10:32:26 ET