By Andy Popp
GAME 32: Blazers @ Denver Nuggets
December 28, 6PM; Comcast Sports
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The Blazers are back at it again tonight, this time in Denver, to face the Nuggets.
It appears as though Carmelo Anthony
will return tonight (nope), after missing some games due to the death of his sister. The Blazers will also be short-handed tonight (naturally), as Marcus Camby rolled his ankle last night. The X-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.
The Nuggets on paper:
Starting five: Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Nene, Chauncey Billups, Aaron Afflalo
Off the bench: Chris Andersen, Shelden Williams, Gary Forbes, Ty Lawson
The Nuggets have taken 19 of the last 21 games at home.
Expect big things from Andre Miller vs Chauncey Billups.
Qualifying and visualizing disappointment (BlazersEdge.com).
Anthony returns with fresh legs, the Blazers will need a strong defensive effort from Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum. Pair that with solid 3-point shooting and they've got a chance.
LET'S GET RICH
To date: 12-11-1.
Blazers +8. The Blazers lose a close one tonight.
NUMBER OF BACK TO BACKS THIS SEASON (IN SETS)
The Nuggets will be hungry for a win tonight. The
return of Anthony (and his fresh legs), combined with the Nuggets' current 3 game losing streak means that they will be hungry for a win. The Blazers will need to match the Nuggets' intensity just like they did last night against the Utah Jazz.
Andy Popp is a Portland native that loves sports and beer. You can contact Andy Popp at either firstname.lastname@example.org or BlazersPipeline on Twitter. When he's not at PDX Pipeline, you can find him at lowposts.com.