76ers vs. Nuggets: How Ty Lawson Will Lead Denver to a 14-Game Winning Streak

Morgan Chalfant@@mchalfant16Contributor IIIMarch 21, 2013

Lawson led the Nuggets in scoring on Tuesday night with 25 points.
Lawson led the Nuggets in scoring on Tuesday night with 25 points.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Denver Nuggets are coming off of a big win over Oklahoma City as they prepare to face the Philadelphia 76ers at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. Thursday night. All eyes will be on guards Ty Lawson and Jrue Holiday when they face off at the point.

Denver is riding an incredible hot streak, grabbing 13 wins in a row and looking hungry for number 14. On Tuesday, March 19, the Nuggets surprised NBA fans and critics alike when they prevailed over the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 114-104 win. They became the first team this season to beat the Thunder three times.

Despite being matched up with Russell Westbrook at the point, Lawson had a great game, leading Denver in points with 25 total. He also grabbed a solid four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes of game play. The 25-year-old is arguably playing the best basketball of his career, and he will be highly motivated to help extend Denver’s winning streak to 14 on Thursday.

76ers point guard Jrue Holiday has impressive season statistics, but he can be shut down by good defense, as was clear during Philadelphia’s disappointing 101-72 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, March 20. Holiday tallied only two points in 33 minutes of play and was 1-of-8 from the field.

According to FoxNews.com, 76ers head coach Dough Collins said of the loss, “Their defense was tremendous. They did a good job of trapping Jrue.” Undoubtedly, the fact that Holiday can be “trapped” by good defense bodes well for Lawson and the whole Nuggets squad.

The 76ers are also at a disadvantage because Thursday’s game will take place on Denver’s turf. Philadelphia has a terrible record on the road, having lost 14 straight away games.

As long as Lawson’s bruised heel doesn’t affect his ability to play Thursday night, the point guard will surely lead the Nuggets to another victory to extend their impressive winning streak to 14.