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Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets Live Game Thread: Jokic is in town, NetsDaily turns 15 AND it’s Pooch’s birthday

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WHO: Brooklyn Nets (28-27) vs. Denver Nuggets (37-16)

WHAT: Did we mention that NetsDaily is 15 years old today? And that today is also Pooch’s birthday? Don’t let us down, Nets.

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, FSWIS; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

The Nuggets, who are pretty young in their own right, are anchored by a singular and unique talent in Nikola Jokic. I’d make him my player to watch, but I don’t want to wait that long to talk about him. Jokic is an absolute monster, 7-feet tall and 250 pounds, with one of the craziest skill sets for a big man we’ve ever seen in the NBA. He scores 20.1 points per game while pulling in 10.4 rebounds while shooting 50/30/84 while, while, while.

Impressive and good, but not shocking. What makes basketball fans do double takes and their eyes pop out of their head to an awooga sound effect is Nikola’s preternatural ability to pass like a wizard. Like a warlock. Like he knows where everyone is at all times and understands the exact angle and velocity at which to throw the ball in order for it to land in his teammates hands at exactly the right spot at exactly the right moment. It’s insane.

Jokic would be one of the best passers in the league if he were a point guard. But the dude is a center and he drops dimes like he’s Steve Nash. He also put up a ridiculous 37 point, 21 rebound performance against the Nets in Denver earlier this season. The Nets won anyway. Regardless, Jarrett Allen is going to have his hands full.

For more on the Nuggets, check out: Denver Stiffs

Revenge. They lost the first game against the Nets this season on a last second floater from LeVert back in November. Harris gambled for a steal, LeVert got in the lane, and hit a funky shot to win the game. Well, he won’t be able to do that tonight, because he’s out with an injury, but let’s not have Shabazz Napier or Mitch Creek win the game because they don’t get guarded and heat up for a few minutes in the second half. Hopefully the team plays with more fire than they did on Monday night, for all our sakes.