For the Denver Nuggets (20-12) tonight's Northwest Division contest against the Jazzá in Utah is important. Denver has missed their leader in Chauncey Billups, and has seen production and energy drop in without Mr. Big Shot. The Nuggets are a paltry 1-5 in Billups' absence with their offense only scoring 100.8 points per game, over six points less than their season average. And on the other side, the defense is allowing 1.8 points more, showing that Billups is the link that holds the Nuggets together on both ends of the court. Denver's offense has been held afloat with Carmelo Anthony's big scoring, averaging 27.3 per without Billups, but his offense may be missed tonight as well as Melo has a knee contusion. If the Nuggets don't have Anthony tonight, JR Smith will start at small forward ...
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Article written by Rich Kurtzman