The Denver Nuggets got back on track with a victory at Detroit on Thursday and will look to build on that performance when they take on the New York Knicks on Saturday.
Latest news on Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray for Saturday’s game
Before their recent losing streak, Denver was in first place for almost the whole season. Before the Bulls, Spurs, Nets, and Raptors beat them in four straight games earlier this month.
With a 119-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, Denver got back on track.
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Nikola Jokic played 34 minutes and had 30 points (14-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 blocked shot, and 1 steal.
Jokic didn’t get an assist on Thursday, so he didn’t get a triple-double. However, he did get a double-double, which he didn’t do Tuesday against the Raptors.
Jokic’s chances of winning MVP have gone down recently, but in his last four games, he has averaged 32.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 1.8 steals in 36.5 minutes per game.
Jamal Murray, on the other hand, had 19 points (7-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals.
Murray’s knee hurt, but he still played. For the fifth time this season, he had a season-high 10 assists. He shot the ball pretty well, which was a good sign since he had shot less than 30% in three of the last four games.
Even though Murray has knee problems, he has played in 11 straight games. There is still a chance he will miss games, but for now, the people in charge of his team are keeping their fingers crossed.
The New York Knicks has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the beginning of February, winning 11 of its last 14 games. Even though the Knicks’ season at Madison Square Garden got off to a rough start, they have won six of their last seven games there.
I’m going to bet on the team that has won its last few games, and since Jalen Brunson’s return could help New York.
Brunson (foot) went through a full practice on Friday, but according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, he is still listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Denver.
Brunson has missed three straight games because of pain in his left foot, but it looks like he’s almost ready to play again.
Injury Reports Knicks:
- Duane Washington Jr. (Illness) – Questionable
- Jalen Brunson (Foot) – Questionable
Injury Reports Nuggets:
- Zeke Nnaji (Shoulder) – Questionable
- Collin Gillespie (Lower Leg) – Out