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Denver Nuggets hope to get back on track before 2015
This Denver Nuggets team is extremely streaky. They first started off 2-8, and then went on to win six games in a row. Lately this team has been struggling, falling to third-place in the Northwest Division behind the resurrected Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trailblazers. Denver can score in bunches, which is why they are the eighth best offensive team in the league.  Denver’s backcourt is very talented and is the strength of this team. Ty Lawson is having a terrific season. He’s averaging 15 points and 10 assists per game. The offseason acquisition of Arron Afflalo looks terrific right now, as he is shooting 46% from the field. While the backcourt has been terrific, the frontcourt has really struggled. The biggest disappointment has been the play of Kenneth Faried.  After his stellar performance in the FIBA basketball world cup in the offseason, the Nuggets gave Faried a four-year $50 million contract extension. While his play this year hasn’t been totally awful, he is averaging a career-low in rebounds and field-goal percentage. He has even come off the bench in the last two games. Basketball is a game of runs and the Nuggets exemplify that. The good news is, the week ahead cold bring good fortune, and potentially raise the price of Nuggets tickets. Below are previews of each Nugget game this week.
12/19/14 vs. Los Angeles Clippers | Avg. Price: $94.68 | Get-in Price: $17.00
In the most challenging game of the week, Denver hosts the high-flying Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin lead this team. This game should be a shootout as both teams are in the top eight in terms of team scoring. Griffin has been building on his MVP caliber 2013 season. The highlight of this season came four games ago where he erupted for 45 points, including a game winning three point shot. Denver center Timofey Mozgov has been really good defensively and will be matched up against Griffin. Look for both Ty Lawson and Chris Paul to put up terrific offensive number as both players will guard each and struggle defensively. The tickets have a current average price of $94.68 on the secondary market. With a get-in price of $17.00, the price is 13% lower than it was last week.
12/20/14 vs. Indiana Pacers | Avg. Price: $ 73.61 | Get-in Price: $9.00
In the first of a string of winnable games, the slumping Pacers come to Denver. The Pacers are 1-9 in their last ten games and have really struggled to find an identity. The leading scorer on this team is Rodney Stuckey, who has been very inconsistent this season. However, David West and C.J Watson have been very effective on both sides of the floor for Indiana. This team is pretty good defensively (9th in the NBA), but is atrocious offensively (tied for 26th). Denver’s strength and depth in the backcourt will attack Indiana’s lack of decent perimeter defenders. Denver needs Wilson Chandler and Aaron Afflalo to continue to shoot well in order to compete with Indiana’s size. This game will have an average price of $73.61 on the secondary market, with a get-in price of $9.00. Not surprisingly, prices for this game have decreased by 21% in the last seven days.
12/22/14 @ Charlotte Hornets | Avg. Price: $90.48 | Get-in Price: $14.00 
The Charlotte Hornets are one of the biggest disappointments of the NBA season. This team is on a three game losing streak and is dead last in the Southeast Division. The Hornets have been plagued by injuries and shooting woes. Regardless of their poor play, point guard Kemba Walker and forward Al Jefferson are both playing good basketball. Gary Neal returned from a shoulder injury and has instantly helped give a spark from the bench. While Jefferson is terrific offensively, he does have trouble against more physical players. Look for Faired and Mozgov to play well. Vendors are charging an average price of $90.48 on the secondary market. The cheapest tickets to this game are available for as little as $14.00. This game between two struggling teams expectedly shows a 20% decrease in the past seven.
12/23/14 @ Brooklyn Nets | Avg. Price: $137.73 | Get-in Price: $11.00
The Brooklyn Nets are stuck in limbo. This team was built with the intentions of trying to win now and become competitive. However, this year has been the complete opposite as they have been terrible and oft injured. Brook Lopez is injured yet again, as he has missed the last five games with a back injury. Mirza Teletovic is suffering a hip injury and Joe Johnson has been battling a stomach virus. The Nets are not great defensively or offensively, yet Deron Williams has been. Williams is averaging 16.5 points, 6.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game shooting roughly around 42% from the field.  Kenneth Faired should have a field day versus the Nets. The Nets lack of size hurts them as Paul Millsap, Pau Gasol and Kevin Love have recently had their way with them. Nuggets vs. Nets will have an average price of $137.73 on the secondary market, and a get-in price of $11.00. This competitive game shows a 1% increase in the price of last week.
12/26/14 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves | Avg. Price: $121.83 | Get-in Price: $13.00
The Minnesota Timberwolves are simply not very good this year. The Timberwolves veterans are all banged up and they are relying on the play of their younger players. Andrew Wiggins has had his fair share of struggles and really needs to improve his mid-range jump shot. Zach Lavine and Anthony Bennett have been non-factors. Shabazz Muhammad has been a pleasant surprise this season. In the last five games he is averaging 18.2 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. He is starting to find his groove and will be heavily featured in this game.  The Nuggets depth and talent should allow for a win unless they have a really terrible shooting day. Fans are paying an average price of $121.83 on the secondary market, and are getting in to the stadium for $13.00. This winnable game shows an increase of 7% in the last seven days.