Previewing the Nuggets

Orlando will face their first true test tonight without Jameer Nelson as they take on the third best team in the West, the Denver Nuggets. The Magic took Denver to the woodshed at the end of a very tough road stretch in mid-January, but it will no doubt be a tougher task to take care of business tonight.

Denver Nuggets: 35-17 (3rd in Western Conference)

Magic vs. Nuggets in 2008-09 (1-0)
January 17: Magic 106 – Nuggets 88

Nuggets Starting Lineup (and season averages)
PG: Chauncey Billups – 6’3, 202 – 12th year, Colorado
18.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 2.13 TOPG (.421 FG%, .388 3P%, .901 FT%)*
SG: Dahntay Jones – 6’6, 210 – 6th year, Duke
6.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 0.94 TOPG (.456 FG%, .500 3P%, .739 FT%)
SF: Carmelo Anthony – 6’8, 230 – 6th year, Syracuse
21.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 3.24 TOPG (.443 FG%, .400 3P%, .780 FT%)
PF: Kenyon Martin – 6’9, 240 – 9th year, Cincinnati
12.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 1.65 TOPG (.505 FG%, .452 3P%, .564 FT%)
C: Nenê – 6’11, 250 – 7th year, Brazil
14.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 1.92 TOPG (.612 FG%, .250 3P%, .730 FT%)

* = Statistics after trade

Where They Rank
PPG: 6th (103.94)
OPPG: 20th (100.42)
FG%: 5th (0.473)
3P%: 17th (0.368)
FT%: 21st (0.757)
APG: 4th (22.75)
RPG: 17th (40.92)
BPG: 3rd (5.76)
SPG: 1st (9.07)
TOPG: 25th (15.59)
FPG: 24th (22.34)

PPG = Points Per Game; OPPG = Opponent’s Points Per Game; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; 3P% = 3-Point Percentage; FT% = Free Throw Percentage; APG = Assists Per Game; RPG = Rebounds Per Game; BPG = Blocks Per Game; SPG = Steals Per Game; TOPG = Turnovers Per Game; FPG = Fouls Per Game

Philip Rossman-Reich

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