NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 20th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Suns (18-6) at Denver Nuggets (14-9), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets are not expected to have newly acquired Allen Iverson in uniform tonight, as they host the red-hot Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets made a blockbuster move on Tuesday when they acquired Iverson, who is a seven-time All-Star, and reserve Ivan McFarlin from the Philadelphia 76ers for a pair of 2007 first-round draft picks, point guard Andre Miller and forward Joe Smith.
Iverson, who is playing in his 11th season in the NBA, was originally selected out of Georgetown by Philadelphia with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft. He averaged 31.2 points and 7.3 assists in 15 games for the Sixers this season.
Denver has won two in a row and plays the second of a five-game homestand. Despite having their top two scorers suspended until January, the Nuggets used a big first quarter and 29 points from Earl Boykins to pick up a 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards at the Pepsi Center.
Boykins went 14-of-15 from the foul line in the win over Washington for the Nuggets, while the now former Nugget Miller had 27 points and Marcus Camby netted 25, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
Denver will play deep into January without the league's leading scorer, as Carmelo Anthony was hit with a 15-game suspension in the wake of Saturday night's ugly brawl in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 123-100 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Three of the seven players suspended were from the Nuggets. J.R. Smith, who was taken down on a breakaway layup attempt, was hit with a 10-game suspension and Nene was suspended one game for leaving the bench during the altercation.
Anthony is averaging 31.6 points per game, while J.R. Smith has recorded 16.7 per contest.
The Nuggets are 7-4 at home this season. They will also host Sacramento, Boston and Seattle on the current homestand.
Iverson is expected to be in uniform on Friday against the Kings.
Phoenix has won a franchise record 15 straight games. On Tuesday, Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and reigning MVP Steve Nash dished out 15 assists to lead the Suns to a 115-98 win over the Toronto Raptors at US Airways Center.
Nash scored 10 points in the win over the Raptors for Phoenix, which suffered its last loss on November 18th at Utah. All-Star forward Shawn Marion scored 17 points, while Leandro Barbosa added 14 points off of the bench.
The 15 straight wins tops the 14 straight wins by the 1992-93 Suns in December of 1992. That team made it to the NBA Finals and was led by Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle.
The Suns are 8-4 on the road this season. After tonight's contest, they return home to host the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers.
Phoenix has won seven of its last eight contests with the Nuggets. These two teams have split the last six meetings at Denver.
12/20 13:34:31 ET