Preview: For Cavs it's no rest, Nuggets next

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One night after snapping skid, Cavs get another road game, this time minus Kyrie.

Cavaliers (20-9) vs. Nuggets (12-19)

SITE: Pepsi Center, Denver

TIPOFF: 9 p.m. EST

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

RADIO: Cavaliers Radio Network, WTAM 1100-AM (Flagship)


Cavaliers: C Tristan Thompson; PF Kevin Love; SF LeBron James; SG J.R. Smith; PG Matthew Dellavedova.

Nuggets: C Joffrey Lauvergne; PF Kenneth Faried; SF Kostas Papanikolaou; SG Gary Harris; PG Jameer Nelson.


Cavaliers: None to report.

Nuggets: PG Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) out.


These games always scare me. In fact, I hate them. … Why do I hate them? Because it's the second night of a back-to-back in the thin air of the Rocky Mountains. … My sportswriting career began in Wyoming. My playing career basically ended there. It's no picnic trying to breathe when you're running a mile above sea level. … Kyrie Irving is expected to sit. … He says it will be the final time he does so to rest in a back-to-back situation. … Tristan Thompson will start again at center. It may be the best thing for Timofey Mozgov. Not much else has worked at this point. … I hope it's not a permanent solution. I hope Mozgov returns to his starting spot. When he's on, the Cavs need his size and defense at the rim. … But he's been far from on, and coach David Blatt truly has no choice. … The Nuggets have lost five of six. … They are coached by Michael Malone, inexplicably axed by the Kings last season. … Malone can occasionally get the Nuggets to play above their heads, just as he did the Kings. … He was an assistant under Mike Brown during LeBron James' first run with the Cavs (2003-10). … Former Cavs guard and LeBron pal Mike Miller is also (occasionally) playing for the Nuggets. … And let's not forget J.J. Hickson. He's seen action in just one of the past 10 games, though.