Nuggets make brief trip to Dallas

January 16, 2015 18:20:36 UK

The Denver Nuggets will look to continue their surprising form on Friday when they head to the American Airlines Center in Dallas for a game against the Mavericks.

It’s the back end of a home and home series with Dallas following Denver’s 114-107 victory on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

There was no Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler or Rajon Rondo for the Mavericks, the latter out with an Achilles injury and the other two rested and the Nuggets took full advantage. Ty Lawson dropped in 29 points and Kenneth Faried grabbed 14 rebounds to go with 22 points as Denver secured their fifth consecutive victory.

The decision of the Mavericks to rest Nowitzki and Chandler and similar moves by the Atlanta Hawks mirrors the strategy in recent years of the San Antonio Spurs who have used the resting of their stars to great effect, particularly last year when they won the title.

That these teams don’t feel that a full 82-game schedule is beneficial to their playoff prospects is a huge issue for commissioner Adam Silver and one that the league will be forced to address in the next few years.

Not resting are the Golden State Warriors who have the advantage that the Splash Brothers and most of the rest of their team are comparatively young.

On Friday the Western Conference leaders are in Oklahoma City to take on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Warriors have won eight in a row and lead the Los Angeles Clippers by 6.5 games in the Pacific Division.

The Warriors are 6.50 to win the NBA Championship while Miami Heat are available at 61.00.

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