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Vitals: Nuggets at Thunder

Vitals: Nuggets at Thunder (AP) Vitals: Nuggets at Thunder (AP)

Originally Published: Jan 29, 2010 10:59 AM CDT

Dave Carty
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

Denver Nuggets (31-14) at Oklahoma City Thunder (24-21)
Friday, January 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m. CST.
Ford Center, Oklahoma City
Game 46 of 82

Anticipated Starting Lineups

Denver (Away)
Oklahoma City (Home)
Chauncey Billups
19.2 PPG, 2.1 3-Pt.
Russell Westbrook
15.8 PPG, 7.3 APG
SGAaron Afflalo
8.8 PPG, 1.3 3-Pt.
Thabo Sefolosha
5.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG
SFCarmelo Anthony
29.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG
Kevin Durant
29.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG
PFKenyon Martin
11.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG
Jeff Green
14.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG
CNene Hilario
14.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG
Nenad Krstic
8.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG

Denver: F, Carmelo Anthony (ankle, probable).
Oklahoma City: F, DJ White (thumb, out); G/F, Kyle Weaver (shoulder, out).

Where to find it?
On TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
On Radio: Thunder Radio Network

What you need to know?
First and foremost, despite icy streets and less-than-stellar weather, the Oklahoma City Thunder plans to play this game tonight, provided the officials arrive to the arena safely. The Nuggets are already in town and NBA cancellations are as rare as they are costly.

Despite missing their leading scorer last two games with an ankle injury, the Nuggets have continued to roll on like a well-oiled machine. They have won nine straight games – eight of which while scoring 100-plus points. Six different players scored in double-figures in the two games Carmelo Anthony missed. The former Syracuse star will give it a go tonight, but will have plenty of help when needed.

Meanwhile it’s been a backwards slide for the Thunder – losers of three straight. Kevin Durant has proven his All-Star status and continues to perform like a player possessed, but the Thunder hasn’t provided enough secondary scoring. Durant has led the team in scoring in every January game except one – Jan. 4 against the Chicago Bulls, Russell Westbrook led with 29 points. The Thunder also hasn’t scored 100-plus points in a regulation game since Jan. 11 against the New York Knicks. Suddenly, this ice storm seems fitting for Oklahoma City.

Who to watch?
By all statistical measures, Anthony is having a career year. By some statistical measures, veteran point guard Chauncey Billups is as well. His 19.2 points, 5.2 field goals and 6.7 free throws are all career-highs. It’s hard to believe Detroit shipped him off for Allen Iverson just last season; he’s still got the goods.

Jeff Green has had a solid run, averaging 16.25 points and 8 rebounds over the last four games. With the imposing Kenyon Martin in the post, Oklahoma City will cross its fingers that Green can generate those results again.
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