Wolves (1-0) at Nuggets (1-0)
8:00 pm CDT
The Wolves and Nuggets are both coming off satisfying opening night wins--the Wolves of course beat the Lakers in L.A. in their first game since the death of Flip Saunders, and the Nuggets blew out the Rockets on the road in one of the surprises of opening night.
Neither of these teams are expected to challenge for the playoffs in the brutal Western Conference, but both would love to get off to 2-0 starts. The Nuggets feature rookie Emmanuel Mudiay, who had an impressive debut, scoring 17 points, with 9 assists and 11 turnovers in their opening game as he takes over the position from the departed Ty Lawson. Danilo Gallinari is back healthy and will be a real weapon from the perimeter for the Nuggets, and power forward Kenneth Faried, who has hurt the Wolves in the past, will have to be dealt with on the boards.
Finding a way to score might be a bigger problem for the Wolves tonight, especially as compared to Wednesday against a Lakers squad that is unlikely to defend anyone this year. The Nuggets brought in Mike Malone as head coach, and he has focused on defense throughout training camp, and it appears to have paid off even without center Jusuf Nurkic available as a rim protector.
The Wolves will look to improve on the boards and get more consistent bench play tonight. It will be interesting to see if there are any tweaks to the rotation in reaction to the Lakers game, though I wouldn't expect it so soon. Hopefully Andrew Wiggins, who has been having back trouble, is feeling ready tonight, because they will need him to defend as well as find his scoring, something he couldn't do in L.A.
Obviously we are still learning how this team is going to play, but I would like to once again see a steady diet of pick and rolls with Ricky Rubio, who should be able to teach Mudiay some lessons. Whether it be with Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Nemanja Bjelica, or even Wiggins, Rubio making decisions in PnR situations is the Wolves best offense, and we should see plenty of it tonight.
Hey. One of these teams is going to be 2-0 after tonight. Maybe it will even be the Wolves.
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