The San Antonio Spurs hope to extend their current winning streak to 10 games tonight when they face the Denver Nuggets at the AT&T Center.
The current win streak, though, shouldn't be as Carmelo Anthony hit what looked like a game winning shot near the free throw line when the teams matched up on Thursday, December 16. The shot went down, but so did free flopping Manu Ginobili and Melo was called with one of the most ridiculous charge calls in the history of the NBA, as the Spurs held on for a 113-112 victory.
The Nuggets are hoping that Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin and the Birdman, Chris Andersen, will be in action tonight. All three are coming off injuries, with Billups nursing a wrist injury, Bird a lower back fracture and Martin off-season knee surgery.
Nuggets coach George Karl is confident that Billups will see time, while he lists K-Mart and Bird as game time decisions.
If the two forwards can play, they would be a welcomed sight for Nene and Shelden Williams, both of whom have been playing lots of minutes in their absence. It would also help the Nuggets better their interior defense, something which has plagued them throughout the season.
The Suprs are led in scoring by Ginobili, rebounding by Tim Duncan and assists by Tony Parker. They can also rely on Richard Jefferson for double digit scoring, and if healthy George Hill to help contribute.
A win would mark the second time this season the Spurs (24-3) have had double digit win streaks.
Tip is tonight at 6:30 p.m. MT and can be seen on Altitude TV.