DEN vs BKN Dream11: Kyrie Irving was playing for Boston Celtics the last time he came face to face with Jamal Murray and Denver Nuggets. We know what happened in that game, Murray was having a blast, a night to remember, as he erupted for an insane 48 points, shooting well over 60 in that game.
The game is remembered though for Irving throwing the ball into the crowd, and the reason he gave for his uncanny act was Murray's attempted shot when the time almost expired, and at a time when the game was done and dusted and Celtics' defense relaxed.
Irving will be on the court when Brooklyn Nets face Denver Nuggets on the road at Pepsi Center. Expect an intense game. Irving and Murray's rivalry won't be the only reason though, as both the team seek a win against a formidable opponent, with both sets of camps looking to use the fixture as a measuring stick to gauge about the potential and where they currently stand in the grand scheme of things.
Both the teams look for a response:
It has not been the ideal start for either team, especially for the Nuggets who are playing almost at full strength, unlike the Nets, who will be spending the whole season without Kevin Durant.
The Nuggets lost the last game 121-125 at home against Atlanta Hawks. The big reason for that defeat was their failure to contain Trae young. The Hawks' young superstar dropped 42 points in that game. Nuggets are 7-3 in the season now.
Meanwhile, Nets are on a two-game skid. But it was the 138-112 defeat to Phoenix Suns prior to 119-114 loss at Utah Jazz in the last game that must have given every Nets player some headache. It was a real shocker.
Nikola Jokic: For sure, it has been a slow start to the season for Nuggets' big man, but his numbers are improving with each passing game. He remains Nuggets' best player. The Serbian is averaging 17.0 points per game, and leads the team in rebounds (9.0), assists (6.1) and steals (1.4) per game.
Kyrie Irving: Now plying his trade with the Nets after a rather disappointing season with the Boston Celtics last season. He still managed to rack impressive numbers though and remains the case here in Brooklyn as well. A top, top player indeed. The 2016 NBA champion is averaging in incredible 29.7 points per game.
Jamal Murray: He is lading the scoring chart for the Nuggets with 18.7 points per game. The 23-year-old is a far better player than these numbers. He could put in the extra yard here due to Irving's presence on the court.
The Nuggets will monitor Malik Beasley before the game. He missed the last game against the Hawks due to an illness. No other injury problems for the home team.
Jerami Grant sprained his left index finger during the game against the Hawks, but the reports indicate that he should be fine for the matchup against the Nets. Bol Bol had joined G League's Windy City Bulls and is not available as of now.
The Nets are fretting over the fitness of Kyrie Irving who suffered a shoulder impingement during Nets' 119-114 loss to Utah Jazz. He will be evaluated before the game.
Caris LeVert has been ruled out for several months due to ligament damage in his right thumb. Wilson Chandler remains suspended, while Kevin Durant is a long-term absentee with an Achilles Tendon injury.
PF: Will Barton
SF: Paul Millsap
C: Nikola Jokic
PG: Gary Harris
SG: Jamal Murray
PF: Joe Harris
SF: Taurean Prince
C: Jarrett Allen
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Garrett Temple
Nuggets: Monte Morris, Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Michael Porter Jr., Torrey Craig
Nets: DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dzanan Musa, Nicolas Claxton, David Nwaba
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DEN vs BKN Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Denver Nuggets are in a better form and will be starting the game as favorites.