The Nuggets enter tonight's game with a 10-6 record overall under rookie head coach Brian Shaw, sitting in third place in the NBA's Northwest division. As is the case with many Western Conference teams, Denver's 10-6 record would be good enough for the third seed if they played in the Eastern Conference.
Through their first 16 games, the Nuggets are fourth in the NBA in points per game at 104.9, and eighth in Offensive Rating at 105.0 points per 100 possessions.
They are led offensively by point guard Ty Lawson, who is putting up a career-high 20.6 PPG and 8.2 assists per game.
The Nets and Nuggets split the season series last year, with the home team winning each of the two matchups.
Lawson only played in the game at the Barclays Center, with 26 points and nine assists in a 119-108 Brooklyn win.
Denver has a deep bench, with 10 different players averaging over 17 minutes per game. It'll be interesting to see how the Nets match up with the Nuggets' versatility.
Key Matchup: With Deron Williams still nursing an ankle sprain, the Nets will use Shaun Livingston and Tyshawn Taylor at the point, matching up with Ty Lawson. Taylor got his first career start on Saturday, as a reward for his strong play and also to spell Livingston, who has racked up a ton of minutes with Williams out of the lineup.
Lawson has put up superstar numbers this season, and he's always feasted against the Nets. In five career games against the Nets, Lawson has shot 26-of-36 (72.2%) from the field with an 88.8% True Shooting percentage, his best versus any opponent by far. For the Nets to win, they'll need to find a way to keep Lawson in check.
Player to Watch: Alan Anderson gets his third start of the season for Brooklyn, filling in for the injured Paul Pierce. The veteran has played in all 17 games for the Nets this season, and he's quickly become an invaluable member of Jason Kidd's rotation.
Anderson is averaging 7.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 1.1 APG this season, and the Nets will have to lean on him more with Pierce out. Once a forgotten man in a whirlwind offseason, Anderson now steps into the spotlight, and the Nets need him to step up.