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Pregame: Cavs at Nuggets

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 15, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-31) at Denver Nuggets (22-16)
Time: 9 p.m., Venue: Pepsi Center, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Nuggets probable starters: PG Chauncey Billups, SG Aaron Affalo, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Kenyon Martin, C Nene
Officials: Tom Washington, Tony Brown, David Guthrie
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Christian Eyenga (ankle) out, Joey Graham (quad) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Nuggets -- F/C Chris Andersen (knee) out.

* The Cavs have dropped 12 straight and 22 of 23. Their margin of defeat during this current skid is about 15 points per game. They've lost 18 in a row on the road and haven't won away from the Q since Nov. 9. And on and on and on.

* J.J. Hickson is still looking for that consistency. After having an awful game against the Lakers, Hickson managed 14 rebounds against the Nuggets. But he also turned it over nine times, which didn't sit well with Byron Scott. But at least lately, he's been showing signs of putting it all together.

* I'm not sure what the Cavs can do with Mo Williams, but I'm not sure running him out there every night is the right idea anymore. If Daniel Gibson returns Wednesday, as expected, Williams may have to sit down for a couple of games to give his body a chance to heal. Yes, Williams is an emotional player. Yes, he is having a hard time with all of the losing. But I can't believe those are the reasons why his shooting has been so awful this season. He is well below his career averages and the only logical excuse is all the leg injuries.

* The Nuggets have played really, really well their last two games despite the Carmelo Anthony daily drama. They've scored at least 130 points in each of their last two games and just might do it again. The Cavs are coming off a back-to-back of a miserable trip and just trying to get home. I don't think this will be another 55-point loss, but it could get ugly fairly quickly.

* Over his last four games, Denver center Nene is shooting 71 percent from the floor (22 of 31). Chauncey Billups, who could be headed with Anthony to the Nets, had a season-high 13 assists Thursday against the Heat.

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