Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA / Interconference
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, February 11th, 2012, 7:00 PM EST
Analysis of the Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have gotten out to a great start to the season, putting up a record of 15-12 (7th in the Western Conference) with a young and extremely talented squad. This team loves to score, putting up the most points each game (about 103) while also tallying the most assists (about 24). Keeping these statistics going is vital for the Nuggets to keep their surprising start going.
Analysis of the Indiana Pacers
The Pacers were expected to be a better team this season (even more so after the trade for David West from the Hornets), but few foresaw a 17-8 start to the 2012 season. Behind a stingy defense, bigger-than-expected numbers from SF Danny Granger, and the emergence of first-time All-Star Roy Hibbert, the Pacers are looking like a much stronger team this year capable of going deep into the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson
With leading scorer Danilo Gallinari sidelined due to injury, Lawson will have to increase his points scored as well as his assists to make up what the Denver Nuggets are losing. He’ll have to do this against PG Darren Collinson of the Pacers, one of the rising young stars of the league. If he can, the Nuggets may get a well-earned road victory.
Indiana Pacers: Roy Hibbert
The newly crowned All-Star has burst onto the scene in 2012, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds each game. He gets Nene in Saturday night’s matchup, and Nene might not even play due to an injury to his heel. Either way, Hibbert will be expected to outperform whoever he’s put up against and, if he does, will give the Pacers a big advantage down low.
Points scored and Opponent points scored:
The Nuggets, as mentioned, are the highest scoring team in the league putting up around 103 points every night. The Pacers are the opposite, only allowing opponents to score 91 points each night (5th place in the NBA). Something will have to give on Saturday; either the Nuggets offense will shut down due to the Pacers’ overpowering D or the opposite will occur.
This is one of the more intriguing matchups of the weekend as it matches two teams that aren’t generally thought of as powerhouses, but are both performing like it this year. The Nuggets have dropped al but one game in the month of February however, and that matched with the Pacers having home court should give Indiana enough to win on Saturday night.
Prediction = Indiana Pacers: 110 – Denver Nuggets: 99