What has Denver done lately?
Sitting at 17-20 and 11th in the Western Conference, Denver has quietly strung together a four game winning streak, with wins over Memphis, Minnesota, Orlando and Sacramento. While three of those teams aren't very good, Denver's 29-point win over the Grizzlies should signal that the Mavericks cannot take this game lightly.
Interestingly enough, Denver hasn't played since last Friday a 118-108 win over the Kings), giving them plenty of time to prepare for Dallas. The Wednesday night matchup is the first of two this week, with the second taking place in Dallas on Friday.
However, the biggest storylines for Denver over the past week have been trade related. They shipped big man Timofey Mozgov to Cleveland for a handful of picks. Then, they sent Nate Robinson to Boston for Jameer Nelson.
That's right, Jameer Nelson is now a Denver Nugget. We just can't escape him.
What are the Nuggets' biggest strength and weakness?
The Nuggets are not a very good shooting team. As a unit, they're shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, and just 32.2 percent from deep. However, Ty Lawson is a nightmare for opposing guards, and Arron Afflalo is capable of getting hot from three at any moment.
What Denver is very good at, though, is rebounding. They're 4th in the league, averaging 45.6 rebounds a night, and even with the departure of Mozgov, guys like Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson are more than capable glass cleaners.
What's the biggest matchup to watch?
With this being the second night of a back-to-back, Carlisle will probably try to limit minutes on some guys, if not rest them outright, so depth will be key. Dallas has the depth advantage over Denver, and guys like Devin Harris and Richard Jefferson need to be prepared to step up.
Down low, Jusuf Nurkic has had several days to get reps with the starting lineup, and it'll be interesting to watch him go against Tyson Chandler. Chandler rolled his ankle late against Sacramento, but he's expected to play tonight.
Which Maverick will have the best night?
I'm going to go with Richard Jefferson. He'll probably see more minutes than usual tonight, and he's been making more of the minutes he's seeing as of late.