After losing their first three games and four of their first five, the Nuggets have won six of eight, including a home and home with the Mavericks Saturday and Monday to move over .500 for the first time this year at 7-6.
The driving force has been Ty Lawson, the only Nugget player averaging more than 26 minutes a game, has been going 36 a night with a strong 20 points and almost 9 assists per. He's been quite efficient as well, making threes and getting to the line over 7 times a game.
Team wide, their offense has been working through Lawson and excellent offensive rebounding led by Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson. That was a real problem for the Wolves in their first matchup, a 117-113 Nuggets win in Denver, as they collected 14 offensive rebounds as a team.
Meanwhile, the Wolves need to find their offense again after two consecutive games at 40% or worse from the field. In fact, the Wolves have not shot better then 45% from the floor since the last meeting with the Nuggets. They must find a way to get some easy ones, which may be possible against an aggressive Nuggets team that likes to play fast and gives up an opponents' efg% of 48%.
The Wolves must match Denver's aggression on the glass as well, as the Nuggets tend to give up their share of offensive rebounds while they collect a lot of their own. Hopefully Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic can do the job on both backboards.
We'll be back with a game thread later. It's almost drinking time.