The Denver Nuggets play against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center
The Denver Nuggets are spending $4,790,993 per win while the New Orleans Pelicans are spending $5,681,226 per win
Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Tuesday January 24, 2023
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The Nuggets took control of last night’s win in the 2nd quarter thanks to their…bench?
Bones Hyland was out. Christian Braun was in. And the second unit switched everything.
The result was one of Denver’s best defensive stretches of the year:
– 1:17 PM
Brandon Ingram and Naji Marshall both listed as probable tonight. Ingram set to make his return two months after getting injured.
Dyson Daniels is out. Right ankle sprain. – 1:13 PM
The New Orleans Pelicans are listing Brandon Ingram as PROBABLE for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Barring any setbacks pregame, Ingram will play his first game since Nov. 25 tonight. – 1:13 PM
With Brandon Ingram set to return for the Pelicans tonight, New Orleans has moved from +600 to +550 to win the Southwest Division, as they currently are 5.5 games behind division-leader Memphis Grizzlies, per @FDSportsbook
. – 1:12 PM
Bickerstaff before the Pelicans game on lineups: “When you’re in the middle of the season, sometimes you’re gonna have to experiment with some of those things. But experiment in the first half and go try to win the game in the second”
I think this is relevant to last night. – 11:49 AM
Good fact via MSG Network TV. Only 8 #NBA
players have started every game for team this season. By age:
Mason Plumlee CHA 32
Nikola Vucevic CHI 32
Jonas Valanciunas NOP 30
Harrison Barnes SAC 30
Buddy Hield IND 30
Julius Randle NYK 28
Mikal Bridges PHX 26
Anthony Edwards MIN 21 – 11:17 AM
This morning’s mission: get to Milwaukee. No idea what kind of state I’ll be in for this awesome (ridiculous) back-to-back. We *love* when there are no direct flights from one city to the next on a B2B, in this case New Orleans to Milwaukee. But I will try! – 9:59 AM
Nikola Jokic last night:
✅ 25 PTS
✅ 11 REB
✅ 10 AST
✅ 11-15 FG
Jokic’s last seven games:
✅ 24.6 PPG
✅ 12.6 RPG
✅ 11.7 APG
✅ 71.1 FG%
✅ 86.7 FT%
He has six triple-doubles in that span, narrowly missing a seventh by one assist.
More, unlocked: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…
– 8:44 AM
Just so we’re clear, I’m reactionary and emotional during Nuggets games because it’s fun for me to care about it.
I can also be calculating and emotionless, adding perspective constantly if need be.
Honestly, I’m still learning how to treat the Nuggets as a Finals favorite. – 2:19 AM
I’ve said this before, but it remains true: @Portland Trail Blazers
are in 12th place in the West, but only 3 1/2 games back of Pelicans in 4th & 2 1/2 games behind Clippers in 5th. Wins over Utah, Toronto and Atlanta to close out homestand would put them at .500 & back in the mix
– 1:29 AM
After his 46-point game against the LA Clippers, LeBron James is just 178 points away from passing Kareem for the No. 1 all-time scorer in NBA history.
@ Celtics (01/28)
@ Nets (01/30)
@ Knicks (01/31)
@ Pacers (02/02)
@ Pelicans (02/04)
– 12:23 AM
At his current pace of 30.2 points per game, if he doesn’t miss games, LeBron James is on pace to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Saturday, Feb. 4 in New Orleans.
Tonight’s 46 points moved up the target. It had been Feb. 7 vs. OKC. – 12:18 AM
New Orleans Pelicans
finals numbers from tonight’s game:
: 20 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
@AlvaradoJose15: 17 pts, 3 ast, 8/12 fg
: 12 pts, 6 reb, 1 stl
@Larry Nance Jr
: 10 pts, 6 reb, 1 blk
@JValanciunas: 14 pts, 9 reb, 3 oreb
@treymurphy: 10 pts, 6 reb, 1 stl
#Pelicans | @FDSportsbook pic.twitter.com/JKKPM0dbPs
– 11:52 PM
Asked about #Pelicans
outlook amid tough stretch, Jose Alvarado said, “First of all, what are we, top five in the West? We’ve been (at) the bottom last year. There is no such thing as a panic. Once we get (Zion and Ingram) back, we know we’re going to be on track.” – 11:22 PM
With their 4th straight win, the Suns are now just 2 games out of 4th. Pelicans hold that spot and have lost 5 straight. – 11:17 PM
Jamal Murray played 40 minutes tonight, including 21 of the 24 second half minutes.
The Nuggets play Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night on a back-to-back, potentially without Bones Hyland or Michael Porter Jr.
THAT…is a tough spot for Malone and Murray. – 10:57 PM
Getting the win tonight was a big deal. Hope Denver goes full Load Management tomorrow night against the Bucks, lets their bench get a bunch of minutes. – 10:51 PM
Willy Hernangomez now telling media that he’s also sad about the team not getting the win on Naji Marshall’s birthday.
You can see why he’s regarded as a great locker room presence, at a minimum, with my last two tweets. – 10:44 PM
Dyson Daniels leaving the Smoothie King Center in a walking boot and crutches.
Caught Willy Hernangomez telling someone he’s sad because his “little brother” — DD — is hurt. – 10:39 PM
Coach Malone said one of the coaches told him the game ended on a 10-2 New Orleans run. He said no, it ended on a 2-0 Nuggets run.
“Glass half full.” – 10:32 PM
Jokic returns and the losing streak ends at one. Come hang out in the Winner’s Lounge with us.
✅ Jokic’s 4th straight triple-double
✅ Murray leading the bench
✅ Nuggets play big, to mixed results
✅ The rare double munder
– 10:23 PM
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they defeat the Pelicans 99-98:
-Joker: 25-10-11, game-winning floater
-Murray: 25 points, 7 assists, 3 steals, a bit shaky by the 40th minute but understandable
-3/17 from 3 in 2H
Nuggets go to 34-14 on the year, tied with Boston in losses pic.twitter.com/30lLzs11fF
– 10:19 PM
Herb missed Willy cutting to the rim, instead hitting McCollum for the corner 3-ball. CJ missed. Referees had a pow-wow, discussing a potential foul. Then Eric Lewis, the head referee, waved it off, saying we’re going to OT in a 99-98 game. They quickly fixed their error. SMH – 10:18 PM
FINAL: Nuggets 99, Pelicans 98
– CJ: 20p, 4r, 4a
– Jose: 17p, 8/12 FG, 3a
– Willy: 12p, 6r
– JV: 14p, 9r
Pels: 44.7 FG%, 5/26 3P, 17/20 FT
Nuggets: 48.8 FG%, 11/33 3P, 10/13 FT – 10:18 PM
Final: Nuggets 99, Pelicans 98
Pelicans were down 19. Almost came all the way back. CJ’s potential game-winner didn’t go down.
Jose Alvarado scored 12 of his 17 in the fourth.
New Orleans has lost 5 straight. – 10:18 PM
The Nuggets hung on to beat the Pelicans. They are now just a half-game behind the Celtics for the best record in the NBA. – 10:18 PM
CJ McCollum had a good look in the corner after getting Aaron Gordon to jump.
Pelicans just lost their 10th game in the last 13.
They have lost five in a row for the first time this season. – 10:17 PM
Quite the comeback for the Pels tonight (Wolves’ opponent tomorrow), even though they ultimately came up short against Denver. Good news for the Wolves is that game was quite the grind. – 10:17 PM
Nuggets only score 16 points in the 4th quarter but survive in NOLA. They hold the Pelicans to only 98 points on the road. Great win. – 10:17 PM
Hernangomez was WIIIIIDE open under the basket but the inbound went to McCollum in the corner, who misses as time expires. Officials reviewing to see if they should put time back on clock; would be KCP shooting free throws if so. – 10:16 PM
Pels go no timeout with 16 seconds left after Jokic go-ahead score, end up with a tough McCollum fadeaway over Bruce Brown. Getting the ball back after a scramble under the basket with 3.7 seconds left, down by a single point. Good place for Nuggets to insert Mason Plumlee. – 10:14 PM
TWO straight turnovers by Jamal Murray in attempting to hit Nikola Jokic with a pass in the last minute.
And now Willy Hernangomez is going to the free throw line with a chance to put the Pelicans ahead. – 10:12 PM
TWO straight turnovers by the Nuggets, as Jamal Murray fails to hit Nikola Jokic with a pass.
And now Willy Hernangomez is going to the free throw line with a chance to put the Pelicans ahead. – 10:12 PM
Jose Alvarado’s runner cuts the deficit to just a single point, at 97-96. One minute remains. (1:02 to be exact.) Incredible display of heart by The Second Line. – 10:10 PM
Alright, the Nuggets have made this game harder for themselves than they’ve needed to.
Joker specifically has just not put in the kind of movement necessary to protect the rim at all.
The last 6 minutes need to be his best there. – 10:01 PM
Larry Nance, Jose Alvarado and Willy Hernangomez have helped cut the Pelicans’ deficit against the Nuggets to 91-88 in the last few minutes.
FWIW, Billy’s plus-minus is currently at a team-high + 11. (Jaxson’s is -10.) – 10:00 PM
Just checked and uh… Jose Alvarado apparently has HoF Giant Slayer, Slithery, Acrobat, Fearless Finisher and Bully equipped tonight. – 10:00 PM
Michael Malone motioned toward the basket where Jose Alvarado just scored on multiple drives, seeming to indicate Nuggets need to do a better job of not allowing him to get to rim and score easily. Alvarado on previous fast break took it right to and over Jokic – 9:59 PM
Jose Alvarado with such a pretty finish, dribbling and finishing all in the same motion with his right hand — reminiscent of how Ja Morant likes to finish
That basket cuts the Pelicans deficit to 85-80 with 8:51 remaining. – 9:54 PM
Jamal’s created some good shots in this bench stretch and it’s just been brick city.
This is why it’s so important for the defense to travel on the road. Hasn’t been a great defensive night despite Denver’s lead. They’re benefiting from some shot luck. – 9:53 PM
Jose Alvarado is probably not going to score 38 against the Nuggets this time, but he’s coming up with big baskets in 4Q as #Pelicans
continue to chip away at deficit. His confidence keeping dribble alive and shooting over bigs gets him a couple hoops – 9:53 PM
SKC with signs of life since the first quarter. The Pelicans had closed the gap to 7 after a Jose Alvarado lay-in, but the difference stands at 83-74 at the end of the third.
There’s a chance, especially if the defense can hold the Nuggets to 20 points in a frame again. – 9:48 PM
Jose Alvarado runner and charge drawn in the final minute. Pels haven’t let go of the rope. Within single digits headed into the fourth. – 9:47 PM
Pelicans did what they needed to do in that quarter. Credit to them for fighting and winning the minutes Jokic was on the bench. now we enter the danger zone – 9:47 PM
Analysis: Was a good strategy not to let Jose Alvarado go off for 38 points. He’s got three through most of three quarters. – 9:44 PM
For a career third center Willy Hernangomez has done remarkably well against Jokic — huge factor in win in December, strong run off bench against tonight. – 9:41 PM
Nuggets have scored just 16 points in 8 minutes. A bunch of misses in spots where they normally make.
Done a great job for most of the night, but this is a crucial part of the game. – 9:40 PM
Christian Braun just gave a great contest on a corner 3, then beat everybody down the floor for a layup. The kid is so good. – 9:37 PM
With Dyson Daniels out rest of game, Garrett Temple on the floor mid 3Q. His last appearance (non-blowout) was Jan. 7 at Dallas when McCollum was a DNP – 9:34 PM
Pelicans had something good with those Jaxson at the 4 minutes when Zion was hurt last season. Hasn’t been the same this season. He’s got 2 points at halftime. – 9:09 PM
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead the pelicans 63-47:
-Murray: 19 points and 4 assists on 12 shots, 0 turnovers
-Joker: 13-5-5 on 9 shots
-Double digit + for the entire bench group of Murray, Braun-Vlatko-Jeff-Zeke
The Pels are injured, but bench stint is notable. pic.twitter.com/G6jQpkV3gR
– 9:08 PM
HALF: Nuggets 63, Pelicans 47
– CJ: 14p, 7/14 FG
– Trey: 7p
– JV: 7p, 5r
– Dyson: out for game with ankle injury
Pels: 38.6 FG%, 4/17 3P, 9/11 FT
Nuggets: 58.5 FG%, 8/16 FT, 7/8 FT – 9:06 PM
Halftime: Denver 63, New Orleans 47. Just a professional thumping of a shorthanded opponent by an elite, healthy team. Jamal Murray 19 points for the Nuggets. – 9:05 PM
Pelicans are 28th in offense during the 3-9 stretch. They’ve got 35 points with 4:17 left in the first half. Have to work so hard to score right now. – 8:57 PM
After momentarily laying on the floor, CJ McCollum was grabbing at his right abdominals/hip area after the last Denver possession, but he’s staying in the game. – 8:51 PM
This has been a special defensive stretch from Denver’s bench. Zeke Nnaji, Christian Braun, Vlatko Cancar making plays all over the floor. – 8:51 PM
Dyson Daniels was in pain after appearing to turn his right ankle. Was barely putting any pressure on it as he was helped back to the locker room. – 8:46 PM
Dyson Daniels appears to have rolled his right ankle pretty severely on that floater attempt. He’s in legitimate pain. Has to be helped off the floor and to the locker room by teammates on either side of him. – 8:46 PM
Dyson Daniels is down and grabbing at his right ankle.
He’s being helped by teammates to the locker room. He’s putting very little pressure as he walks to the back. – 8:46 PM
I am an old, of course. But supposedly the Nuggets/Bucks game is somewhere in VR in the Meta Horizon but hell if I can find it. – 8:45 PM
Jamal Murray step-back 3 sends Pels to a TO. Interesting to see Denver’s second unit without Bones, who’s usually the best breakdown guy off the bench. Onus shifts to Murray, with a very unique lineup of CB, Vlatko, Jeff Green and Zeke. – 8:42 PM
This DEN-NOP game is being called too tight. Lots of good interior players but too many touch fouls both ways so far. – 8:40 PM
Some fun lineup combinations so far tonight from the Nuggets including a Zeke-Vlatko-Jokic front court trio.
8 FGAs for Jokic already. 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal. – 8:35 PM
Jamal Murray, who was just content to run out the clock after catching the inbounds pass, didn’t appreciate Jose Alvarado going for a steal with 2.2 seconds left. Jose’s smallest of pushes in retaliation stated plainly “tough shit.”
Pelicans trail Nuggets 28-24 after one. – 8:35 PM
Game within the game, as ever: Will Nuggets give up a 14-0 run in the non-Jokic minutes? Closed quarter with a rousing 2-0 run after Joker went out. – 8:34 PM
Smoothie King Center ends the first quarter bumping Mase’s Welcome Back.
Joker responds accordingly with 11 points, 4 rebounds and two assists in his first 11 minutes … back. – 8:34 PM
Really interesting rotation the Nuggets have used so far. They’re matching the Pels’ size and playing super big forwards everywhere. – 8:33 PM
Some general sloppiness from the Nuggets here. Joker’s probably a bit winded in his first game back in a few days. 3 three-pointers and a couple odd turnovers.
The transition defense on the road is Denver’s biggest weakness as a team. – 8:28 PM
Side benefit of Jokic missing the last two games due to that hamstring? Gets to rest his wrist. He’s already put up three 3-pointers in eight minutes. Hardly ever does that. Meanwhile, #Nuggets
playing sloppy, giving away FB points to the Pels. – 8:27 PM
Herb Jones already 2 stl in 1Q, playing the passing lanes. Denver’s Michael Malone looked irked that Nuggets didn’t run back hard enough after Jones’ second steal, because Jones was able to miss fast-break layup, grab rebound on other side of basket with little resistance – 8:27 PM
Subtle thing but that was really good footwork by Nuggets rookie Christan Braun to sidestep an off-ball screen and stay within contact of C.J. McCollum, stopped him from walking into an open J. – 8:25 PM
First two guys off the bench? Zeke Nnaji and Christian Braun.
Malone raved about Braun (while watching from the Malone basement). – 8:23 PM
Starting Jaxson Hayes next to Jonas Valanciunas sometimes benefited Willy Hernangomez last season in terms of more minutes off the bench. After Jonas picks up 2 fouls, Hernangomez subs in early – 8:20 PM
Valanciunas in early foul trouble which likely means more Willy Hernangomez. Not necessarily a great thing for Denver.
Nuggets a bit hot and cold to start. Threes have been pretty good for sure. – 8:20 PM
Big fan of Herb Jones initiating a lot of offense early. Gets CJ off the ball more to begin possessions, allowing him to conserve more energy and increase his level of comfortability.
Good move, Willie Green. – 8:18 PM
Bobby Portis was in a good mood walking out of Detroit and felt he’d be fine after a Pistons player fell into his right knee.
Today, one of the #Bucks
few iron-men is listed with a sprained knee. He is out vs. the #Nuggets
tomorrow. – 7:01 PM
MPJ and Bones Hyland are out tonight for the Nuggets.
Nikola Jokić will be a game time decision, but Malone said he is trending as probable. Went through his normal warmup here in New Orleans. – 6:53 PM
The Bucks have submitted an injury report for Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets.
Bobby Portis (right knee sprain)
Serge Ibaka (not with team)
MarJon Beauchamp (right wrist contusion) – 6:52 PM
Michael Malone: Nikola Jokic is “trending toward probable.”
Added Bones Hyland won’t play tonight due to his finger sprain. – 6:41 PM
Michael Malone says Bones Hyland will not play.
Says Nikola Jokic is leaning towards playing but they will let him warm up first before making a final decision on his status tonight. – 6:41 PM
Willie Green says Brandon Ingram (left big toe contusion) will not play tonight. Neither will Naji Marshall (right big toe soreness).
Green wouldn’t commit to Ingram playing tomorrow but there is optimism he could return then. – 6:22 PM
The Pelicans say Zion Williamson (hamstring) is progressing well and healing as expected. He’ll be reevaluated in two weeks, which likely means he won’t return until sometime after the Kings visit New Orleans on Feb. 5. The Kings will also play the Pelicans
March 3 and April 4. – 6:00 PM
Rudy Gobert, who played last night after missing the last three games with groin soreness, is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game in New Orleans with groin soreness.
Taurean Prince (ankle), Jordan McLaughlin (calf) and Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) remain out. – 5:53 PM
The Pelicans say Zion Williamson is making “good progress” with his recovery from a right hamstring injury and will be re-evaluated again in two weeks. – 5:50 PM
The Pelicans say an MRI showed that Zion’s hamstring is healing as expected and he will be re-evaluated again in two weeks. – 5:48 PM
I am taking 2023 as an opportunity to take a muffuletta journey around greater New Orleans.
Any places (besides Central Grocery) you’d recommend to check out? – 5:03 PM
Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss, Bones Hyland walked off the bench. Acting head coach David Adelman said he “had some discomfort.” On Tuesday, Hyland wasn’t at shootaround & was listed as questionable due to a finger sprain vs. the Pelicans.
– 1:33 PM
Pelicans have assigned Kira Lewis to the Birmingham Squadron.
News first broken by Kira Lewis on his Instagram story saying he’s in Toronto – Squadron are there to play Raptors 905. – 1:21 PM
have played three January home games. Jose Alvarado on gratitude to have week in @SmoothieKingCtr
: “We all miss home, miss the energy of the fans and miss the city. For us to be home for a little while is going to be good for us. Hopefully we get those wins for them.” – 12:58 PM
Asked about difficulty of finding rhythm amid injury DNP stretches, Herb Jones replied, “It’s been tough dealing with certain things, but I’ve tried to focus more on the positives than the negatives. Keep my mind in the right place, to where I can help the team as much as I can.” – 12:43 PM
No surprise but Michael Porter Jr. wasn’t at shootaround and won’t be available tonight vs. Pelicans.
You can assume the #Nuggets
have told him to take all the time he needs. – 12:15 PM
5 storylines I’m watching during the Nuggets’ difficult 3-game road trip:
– Revealing #’s on the home/road defense
– A stat that’s a sign of Jamal being back
– Bones Hyland’s recent stretch
– Thoughts on Naz Reid
– Rivals Week vs. 76ers
– 12:15 PM