The Nuggets will try to snap out of their recent slump while the Suns look to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in nearly three months when the teams meet the Pepsi Center.
This is a makeup of the game scheduled for Dec. 20, but postponed when a blizzard dumped more than two feet in snow in the Denver area. The Suns have dominated the series lately, winning seven of the last eight games and three of the last four in Denver.
Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby and Reggie Evans will all be game-time decisions for the Nuggets (23-22), who have lost five of their past six games. Iverson— who’s averaged 27.1 points with Denver since his trade from Philadelphia on Dec. 19—has missed the last three games with a sprained right ankle. The oft-injured Camby and Evans, a valuable reserve, both left Denver’s 94-87 loss to Sacramento on Saturday.
Camby has a left groin strain while Evans also has a right ankle sprain.
All three players would be helpful against the Suns (37-10), who lost 108-105 to Utah on Saturday, snapping their 10-game home winning streak. Phoenix has lost two of its past three contests after its franchise-record 17-game winning streak ended.
“Tonight we did not come to play and we did not come to play until we got ourselves in a hole,” said reigning two-time MVP Steve Nash, who finished with 22 points and 10 assists. “We finally fought our way back and had a chance to win, but maybe we didn’t deserve to win because we didn’t really have the attitude we needed to start the game.”
It was a frustrating game for Phoenix as it fell to 0-3 against the Jazz, who lead the Northwest Division by 6 1/2 games over the Nuggets. Shawn Marion scored only four points on 2-of-7 shooting and fouled out with 5:12 remaining. Marion, who also received a technical foul as he left the court, fouled out for the first time this season and just the sixth time in his eight-year career.
“I couldn’t get involved in the game tonight,” Marion said. “Anything I tried to do it was like I was just taken out of it.”
Phoenix hasn’t lost consecutive games since a season-high four-game skid from Nov. 3-9. The Suns have gone 36-5 since.
Denver shot only 38.1 percent in Saturday’s loss to Sacramento, its 20th straight at Arco Arena.
“I can’t pinpoint it, it’s one of those tough arenas that we always have a lot of trouble in,” said Camby, who had 15 rebounds and seven blocks. “Tonight I felt we could have got this one, but we just had way too many turnovers that cost us down the stretch.”
Carmelo Anthony had six of Denver’s 22 turnovers and shot just 7-of-25 from the field, finishing with 20 points. It was Anthony’s worst shooting night of the season and his lowest point total since scoring 18 in a loss to Dallas on Dec. 9.
“We missed a lot of layups, especially me,” Anthony said. “I missed a lot of tips around the rim.There were some times where I thought I could have made some shots. They played great defensively.”