The Nuggets have won 13 straight home games at the Pepsi Center, and one of the main reasons is the play of Ty Lawson. The Nuggets relentlessly attack the paint and push the ball in transition. They are currently second in the league in pace factor, and lead the league in both fast break points and points in the paint. During their 13-game home winning streak, Lawson is leading them in fast break points and is third on the team in points in the paint.
It will be essential for the Knicks to try and control the tempo of the game in Denver. The Nuggets use the high altitude and their transition offense led by Lawson to run teams into the ground. The first thing the Knicks will have to do is execute on offense. The more shots they make, the less the Nuggets will be able to get up and down the floor in transition.
The Knicks are the polar opposite of the Nuggets, ranking last in points in the paint, and second last in fast break points. It will come down to tempo and the Knicks ability to hit their three-pointers. If New York can execute in the half-court and hit threes, they’ll be able to control Lawson, and the game.
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