Fixture: Indiana Pacers vs Denver Nuggets
Date & Time: Sunday, January 19, 2020, 8:00 PM ET (Monday, 1:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Two teams from the top five defensive teams in the league come up against each other on Sunday. The Pacers will be coming into the game on a four-game winning streak. After winning against Philadelphia 76ers, the Pacers won back-to-back games against Minnesota Timberwolves- home and away.
In their last win over the Timberwolves, the Pacers’ T.J. Warren scored a game-high 28 points scoring 11 of 18 from the floor. Four other Indiana players registered double figures in scoring.
With 27 wins and a 0.643 record, Indiana Pacers are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.
They will be travelling to Denver on Sunday to face a Nuggets side currently with a 0.707 record. They are second in Western Conference, six wins shy of leaders Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets have won their last three games and five of their last six games. Their last game was a thrilling overtime win over Golden State Warriors. In the 134-131 win, their star centre, Nikola Jokic almost had a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Two other players, Michael Porter Jr. and Mason Plumlee, registered a double-double for the Nuggets while their guard Will Barton finished with a game-high 31.
Injuries: Gary Harris (Groin)- Questionable, Paul Millsap (Knee)- Out, Jamal Murray- Out, Bol Bol (Foot)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Jerami Grant, Torrey Craig, Will Barton, Monte Morris, Nikola Jokic
Injuries: Jeremy Lamb (Hip)- Questionable, Victor Oladipo (Knee)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Myles Turner, T.J. Warren, Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, Domantus Sabonis
A tough contest is expected on Sunday when two good defensive teams take on each other. With Jokic on their back, the Nuggets might have enough to get past the Pacers.