Jokic and the Nuggets take on the Magic
Orlando Magic (13-45, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (31-25, sixth in the Western Conference)
Denver; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets host the Orlando Magic. Jokic currently ranks seventh in the league scoring 25.8 points per game.
The Nuggets have gone 15-10 at home. Denver ranks sixth in the Western Conference in team defense, allowing just 107.6 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting.
The Magic are 8-25 on the road. Orlando is 4-29 in games decided by at least 10 points.
The teams play for the second time this season. In the last matchup on Dec. 2 the Magic won 108-103 led by 24 points from Cole Anthony, while Monte Morris scored 22 points for the Nuggets.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jokic is averaging 25.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 7.9 assists for the Nuggets. Will Barton is averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.
Anthony is scoring 17.8 points per game with 5.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists for the Magic. Franz Wagner is averaging 15.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 52.1% over the last 10 games for Orlando.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 6-4, averaging 116.8 points, 45.7 rebounds, 28.7 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.0 points per game.
Magic: 4-6, averaging 108.0 points, 42.6 rebounds, 27.1 assists, 6.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points.
INJURIES: Nuggets: Monte Morris: out (concussion protocol), Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Michael Porter Jr.: out for season (back), Zeke Nnaji: day to day (hamstring), Jamal Murray: out (knee).
Magic: Jonathan Isaac: out (knee), Bol Bol: out (foot), R.J. Hampton: out (knee), Markelle Fultz: out (knee), Moritz Wagner: out (rib).