The Broncos have played more home games this season than the Nuggets.
Shoot, the locked-out Avalanche has had only three fewer home games than the Nuggets. Friday brings the Nuggets' 13th game of the season, and for a change, they will actually play in Denver for only the fourth time this season.
The opponent is intriguing — the Golden State Warriors, who have had some memorable matchups against Denver in the past calendar year. This month, a weary Nuggets team played at Golden State and took the Warriors into overtime. The Warriors missed put-the-game-away free throws while Denver hit two crucial 3s, including a dagger by Danilo Gallinari.
And in April, the teams met twice in three nights. Golden State won the first game, slapping around Kenneth Faried, who then erupted in the next game with a historic performance. The guy nicknamed "The Manimal" had 27 points and 17 rebounds in only 24 minutes of playing time, becoming the first NBA player in the shot-clock era to tally 27 and 17 in 25 or fewer minutes.
The Nuggets are only 6-6 but coming off two of their most impressive wins of the season. They won Monday at Memphis, a team that was 8-1. Then on Wednesday, they overcame the return of Timberwolves all-star Kevin Love and a 17-point deficit to get a victory at Minnesota.
Pivotal player. Nuggets fans saw Kosta Koufos in a heated battle with Love in Wednesday's game, with Koufos infuriating Love so much that he threw Koufos to the court and got called for a technical foul. Koufos can be a pest to opponents, and he made one of his greatest impacts so far in the comeback win, finishing with a plus-17 rating. He scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 23 minutes. The guy they call "2K" has shown a lot of growth as a player this season, his first as a Nuggets full-time starter. He's averaging 5.8 rebounds per game and totaled 17 in the past two games, including nine in the win at Memphis on Monday.
Against Golden State on Nov. 10, he blocked a career-high five shots.
Secret weapon. Denver coach George Karl isn't afraid to call on Jordan Hamilton for a spark off the bench. In the Minnesota game, Hamilton scored 12 points (3-of-6 shooting) and grabbed six rebounds. Hamilton has played 19 or more minutes only four times in his NBA career, averaging 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in those games while shooting 43.5 percent from 3-point territory.