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Pregame: Cavs at Nuggets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) at Denver Nuggets (22-17)
Time: 9 p.m.; Venue: Pepsi Center; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (5.9, 2.3, 2.2), SF Alonzo Gee (9.9, 4.1, 1.6), PF Antawn Jamison (17.9, 6.6, 2.0), C Ryan Hollins (3.6, 2.2, 0.2)
Nuggets probables: PG Ty Lawson (15.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.8 apg), SG Arron Afflalo (13.9, 2.9, 1.9), SF Corey Brewer (10.2, 3.2, 1.0), PF Kenneth Faried (8.8, 6.8, 0.4), C Timofey Mozgov (5.9, 4.7, 0.5)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Nuggets -- Timofey Mozgov (ankle) questionable, Kosta Koufos (knee) questionable, Rudy Fernandez (back) out.
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Eric Lewis, Tre Maddox

* The Cavs drag a six-game losing streak into Pepsi Center tonight to face a Nuggets team in the initial phase of a lengthy nine-game homestand. The Nuggets have stayed afloat in the Western Conference not with a superstar, but with a collection of pretty good players.

* Nene and Danilo Gallinari returned from injuries for Monday's overtime victory against Sacramento. Coach George Karl is slowly easing them back into the starting lineup, since both guys missed at least 10 games with calf (Nene) and ankle (Gallinari) injuries.

* Cavs coach Byron Scott recalled this morning the first time he played in Denver's thin air. "Unfortunately for us, my first time here we weren't able to practice," he said. "I wasn't used to this altitude and it caught me by surprise. I'm going to let our guys know today after we get up and down the floor a few times that this is what we need playing against a team like this in this altitude just to get used to it. This is something we don't play in every day, so obviously they've got an advantage."

* The Cavs have lost four straight in this series and eight of the last 10. The Nuggets are a deep team that loves to get up and down the floor and have the bodies to do it. The Nuggets' bench is averaging 42.2 points per game, which ranks second in the league behind the 76ers.

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