Carmelo Anthony will finally show New Jersey Nets fans what he can do at the Prudential Center, but he will do it while trying to beat their team. Anthony's Denver Nuggets travel to Newark on Monday night to take on a Nets team that has won four of five at home.
Following their success at home, the Nets went on the road and lost two straight last week, including a 91-81 setback to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night. Brook Lopez led the way for New Jersey in a losing effort with 26 points while Anthony Morrow contributed 16 off the bench.
The Nuggets are wrapping up a six game road trip that they started off with three four straight victories before losing to the Philadelphia 76ers 110-99 Sunday night.
Now we get to find out just how Nets fans will react to the nearly-Net (three times) Anthony. Boo? Cheer? Ignore?
With more than half the Nets roster involved in the failed trade talks with the Nuggets, it will be interesting to see how all parties involved respond Monday night at The Rock.
Devin Harris is expected to play despite a calf injury while his backup, Jordan Farmar, will miss his third straight game due to a back issue. The lack of depth at point guard forced the Nets to sign Orien Greene from the Utah Flash of the D-League.
Denver won the only other matchup of these two teams this season when Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 28 points -- including free throws down the stretch -- on the way to a 107-103 victory. History has not been kind to the Nuggets when they play in the Garden State as the Nets have taken 15 of the last 19 games against Denver in New Jersey.