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Nuggets face the Pelicans, look for 4th straight victory

January 27, 2022 GMT

Denver Nuggets (26-21, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (18-29, 11th in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Denver will attempt to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Nuggets take on New Orleans.

The Pelicans are 11-16 in conference matchups. New Orleans gives up 109.9 points and has been outscored by 4.2 points per game.

The Nuggets are 16-14 in conference matchups. Denver ranks fifth in the Western Conference allowing only 107.1 points while holding opponents to 46.7% shooting.

The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last matchup on Dec. 9 the Nuggets won 120-114 in overtime led by 39 points from Nikola Jokic, while Jonas Valanciunas scored 27 points for the Pelicans.

TOP PERFORMERS: Devonte’ Graham averages 3.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, scoring 14.0 points while shooting 36.2% from beyond the arc. Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists over the past 10 games for New Orleans.

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Jokic is averaging 26.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the Nuggets. Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.3 points over the last 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 5-5, averaging 107.6 points, 41.9 rebounds, 25.0 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.3 points per game.

Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 115.8 points, 45.8 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 7.0 steals and 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.5 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Brandon Ingram: day to day (ankle), Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot), Devonte’ Graham: day to day (ankle), Didi Louzada: out (kne), Josh Hart: day to day (ankle), Trey Murphy III: out (health and safety protocols).

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Michael Porter Jr.: out for season (back), Jamal Murray: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.