Against the Kings, the Nuggets received an amazing all-around effort capped off by LK hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer. And the way that I see tonight’s game is if the Nuggets can get a similar effort from their bench they should have no problem bagging the Bucks. However, if only two or three guys score in double-digits this game could be more hard fought than it should.
The Nuggets will have to contain Yi Jianlian, who is coming off of a career-high 29 points in Milwaukee’s last win against the Bobcats, and Michael Redd, who as we all know can shoot the lights out of any gym. The Bucks are a team that come into this game only averaging 95.4 ppg on the season, so if the Nuggets are to win, and win convincingly, they need to keep Milwaukee from approaching the century mark while running them up and down the floor.
On top of all that the Nuggets are starting to come together as a team. Chucky Atkins is back and is only going to get better. Nene is set to return tonight, but is probably not going to see a whole lot of minutes if he plays. Kenyon Martin is probably out for tonight’s game with a hamstring tweak, but is also looking better and better as of late. Marcus Camby returned to action against the Kings after his back was hurting him. And Carmelo Anthony is finally starting to rebound averaging 13 boards per game in his last three games!
Everything is looking better and better for the Nuggets. The time to ride the seemingly good wave of things to come is now. The team on the chopping block is the Bucks.