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Game Thread #62: Denver Nuggets at Indiana Pacers

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Denver Nuggets
@
Indiana Pacers
39-20 25-36
March 1, 2009 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Chauncey Billups PG T.J. Ford
Dahntay Jones SG Jarrett Jack
Carmelo Anthony SF Marquis Daniels
Kenyon Martin PF Troy Murphy
Nene Hilario C Roy Hibbert

The Denver Nuggets arrive in Indy tonight fresh off a statement win on Friday when they dusted the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter for a win over the top team in the West. The Nuggets are now officially the NBA's bridge team, connecting the League's elite (Boston, Cleveland, L.A., Orlando and San Antonio) to the mediocre middle pack of flawed teams.

The Nuggs should be at full strength with Nene Hilario returning to play after missing a couple of games with a bone bruise. The Pacers, as we know, are not at full strength with Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy out, but regardless, they've been tough at home the past couple of months, including winning their last five in front of the Fieldhouse faithful.

Here are the Pacers.com Matchups.

For the Denver perspective, check out Pick Axe and Roll and Roundball Mining Company.

Gameday Reading

  • Jeff Rabjohns reports on Marquis Daniels preparing to take on Carmelo Anthony tonight.
  • Mike Wells updates us on Danny Granger's progress, Brandon Rush's confidence and Jeff Foster's role while playing through injuries.
  • Chris Dempsey reports on the Nuggets playing to prove their for real by taking care of business on the road.
  • Honorary bullet for Chris Tomasson, hoop scribe for the Rocky Mountain News which is now closed. Always enjoyed reading Chris's work whenever the Nuggs came up on the schedule. Looking forward to reading him again, wherever he pops up next.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.