New York Knicks vs Denver Nuggets
Tip-off: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
The Denver Nuggets are an entirely different basket team from what Carmelo Anthony used to know, according to YouWager experts.
Tonight the New York Knicks visit the Pepsi Center in the 28 year-old’s first trip back to Colorado since forcing his way out of town more than two years ago in a blockbuster trade that reshaped both franchises.
Point guard Ty Lawson is the only familiar face Anthony will recognize. None of the other current team members were with the Nuggets when he was wearing powder blue and gold.
Anthony was feeling nostalgic after New York’s practiced at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The NBA trade is turning out to be a win-win for both teams.
The Nuggets landed a large group of young players, trade exemptions and draft picks they’ve used to retool their roster, and New York got an all around superstar to be able to build a team.
The resurgent New York (38-23) team is leading the Atlantic Division. Denver (43-22) is in the hunt for home-court advantage in the NBA playoffs, and they’re out to prove coach George Karl’s proclamation that a league franchise doesn’t need a superstar to be awesome.
This line up has been used so much this season that it’s become Karl’s mantra, even though he knows there’s something to worry about: If Denver keeps on rolling, Lawson and/or forward Danilo Gallinari will be considered stars before long.
Denver was first-round playoff fodder in each of the last two seasons after Anthony was gone, but they only advanced out of the first round once in the New York native’s time in Denver. They’re trying to catch the Memphis Grizzlies for the fourth seed or even the Los Angeles Clippers for the third seed, which could go a long way in helping them go deeper in this year’s playoffs.
According to the NBA live wagering lines they’re 28-3 at home.
New York is ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics atop the Atlantic Division and are second in the Eastern Conference behind defending champion Miami Heat.