Karl hopes to become the seventh coach to collect his 1000th career NBA coaching victory, in the state where his basketball passion blossomed. Though a native of Pennsylvania, Karl played collegiately as a North Carolina Tar Heel, which is located in Chapel Hill, 2.5 hours from Charlotte.
Should the Nuggets win, it would be additionally satisfying for Karl, who would net the win against his good friend, and fellow 1000 game winner, Bobcats coach Larry Brown.
As a team the Nuggets (13-6) are riding a seven game win streak, though only one of those wins has come on the road, a 106-89 victory at the Golden State Warriors on November 22.
The Nuggets are coming off two career-type games from Arron Afflalo and Nene, in a one-point victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. In the game Afflalo scored a career-high 25 points and Nene registered 27 points and 11 rebounds. J.R. Smith, who had been electric over the past week was held to five points in the contest.
The Bobcats (7-13) haven't quite gotten things together this season. Stephen Jackson leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.4 per game. Gerald Wallace is tops with 8.1 rebounds per game and D.J. Augustin's 6.7 assists per game lead the squad.
If there is one bright spot for the Bobcats it's that they play relatively good defense, ranking 10th in the NBA allowing only 97 ppg.
The tip is set for 5:00 p.m. MT and can be seen on Altitude.