Preview: Nuggets at Cavaliers, February 18th

February 18th, 2010 by John Krolik

Relevant Statistics:

Pace: Denver 97.8 (5th) vs. Cleveland 93.2 (25th)

Offensive Efficiency: Denver 108.8 (3rd) vs. Cleveland 109.0 (2nd)

Defensive Efficiency: Denver 104.1 (16th) vs. Cleveland 100.3 (5th)


Carmelo Anthony is good. Really good. LeBron probably guards him down the stretch, but he’ll do damage, especially if he can catch the ball close to the basket.

Chauncey Billups is a feast-or-famine guy. When he’s hitting pull-up threes, he’s hard to stop, but sometimes he can cause bad possessions. You know he remembers Cleveland, though.

The Denver bigs like to go at the rim over and over again. You must play them physically while trying to stay out of foul trouble.

Ty Lawson is a dynamo coming off the bench, but J.R. Smith is still waiting for his shot to return. Hopefully he waits at least one more night.

Cavs might be distracted by the trade deadline. They can’t be. This is a tough team, and the Cavs are about to have some tough road games.

Jamison is not expected to play tonight. Should still be fun, though. I’m excited to get back to basketball.