Thursday, March 22, 2007

Nuggets vs. Bulls Preview

(Boulder-CO) Tonight we shall see if the Nuggets are truly a better team than before when they attempt to extend their five-game winning streak, a mark set twice during this season, to six games at the expense of the Bulls. Chicago has lost two straight, including a disappointing defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies, and is no bull with a record of 39-30 overall, which includes a stout record of 25-9 at home.

As we have seen, it is imperative for the Nuggets offense that the defense takes care of business. Without another great defensive effort the Nuggets will be hard pressed to find the half court sustenance to fend off the Bulls. Chicago is a stingy defense only allowing 94 points per game, seventh best in the NBA, so it is paramount that the Nuggets defend, hit the boards, and outlet to a guard to score in bunches in transition while dictating the tempo of the game. Make no mistake about it, Nuggets Nation, without the century mark the Nuggets will be in serious trouble.

The scouting report on the Bulls is very clear. Ben Gordon leads the team in scoring with an average of 21.1 points per and the defense is anchored by none other than Ben Wallace. B-Dub is grabbing better than ten boards a game and will be a handful for Nene to keep off the offensive glass. The Nuggets will also need a big game from Marcus Camby blocking shots from the weak side on penetration from Chris Duhon and Andres Nocioni in addition to his eleven plus rebounds.

I expect Allen Iverson to far outplay Kirk Hinrich and Carmelo should be able to operate on Luol Deng efficiently. As for who will step up and be the Nuggets third amigo? Take a stab from the long list of capable contributors, but there will be a need for a third offensive threat.

It’s time for the Denver to cut out all the Bull and get this sixth straight win. Go Nuggets!

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