Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Denver Nuggets (11-12) play against the New Orleans Pelicans (19-19) at Smoothie King Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday December 8, 2021

Denver Nuggets 13, New Orleans Pelicans 10 (Q1 08:05)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Between Aaron Gordon + the Nuggets sending an extra body at him, it’s gonna be a long night for Brandon Ingram. – 8:15 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I made some chicken parmesan tonight, and Will Barton is also cooking. – 8:15 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Will Barton flu game? – 8:14 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
It seems like Will Barton always plays well in New Orleans. Off to great start with 8 pts in 3 mins – 8:14 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Will Barton (8 points, one assist in three minutes) making an early case to skip shootarounds forever. – 8:14 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Will Barton III hits a short jumper to opening the scoring against the Pelicans. – 8:12 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Congrats, @Jeff Green!
#MileHighBasketball PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Keys to tonight’s game
Nuggets vs Pelicans
🔑 Consistency – Coach Malone said this road trip has had peaks and valleys. Need “rolling hills in the heart of America” tonight (esp. second half)
🔑 Bench production
🔑 Limit Pels O-Boards – last 5 avg 18 2nd chance pts/game – 8:00 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗽 🏀 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Will Barton is active tonight and in the Nuggets’ starting lineup. – 7:35 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets starters: Morris, Barton, AG, Jeff Green and Jokic. – 7:35 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Tonight’s starters vs. @New Orleans Pelicans ⤵
#MileHighBasketball PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Come pregame with us!
✅ Bones is back!
✅ Thumbs up or thumbs down?
✅ Barton flu game?…7:31 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Starting five for tonight!
#Pelicans | @Verizon PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Devonte’ Graham
Josh Hart
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Jonas Valanciunas – 7:24 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Tonight’s starting lineups for Pelicans-Nuggets: PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans starters tonight:
Josh Hart
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Jonas Valanciunas – 7:22 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
𝔾𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕖 🃏 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
In four starts this year (70 mins), the starting group of Devonte Graham, Josh Hart, Herbert Jones, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas had an offensive rating of 105.6 and a defensive rating of 97.2.
Pels went 3-1 in those four games. – 7:15 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Almost game time! Be sure to download the #Pelicans app to keep up with all of the action.
@Verizon| #Pelicans PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Josh Hart is available, Pelicans say. He’s missed the last three games with left knee soreness. – 7:10 PM
New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
Josh Hart is available to play tonight. – 7:09 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Kicks of the night!
Who’s shoes are these? 👟
#WBD | @spacerunnersnft6:54 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Happy to be Home 🏠
#UltraDrip | @MichelobULTRA PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Reminder to play Courtside Challenge on the Pelicans App 📱
Answer five timed trivia questions to win exclusive prizes, courtesy of @SeatGeek🎟
Play now on the Pelicans app: PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Bones Hyland’s day started at 4 a.m. in Orlando, per Malone … Then he had a 3-hour delay connecting in Atlanta. Nonetheless, he’s here and smiling. – 6:34 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone said that Will Barton did not participate in shootaround and that he will talk to trainers to see if Barton can/should give it a go.
He lamented that the hits just keep coming, but it’s an opportunity for someone to step up. Opted not to share who would start, – 6:33 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone says Will Barton didn’t go through shootaround. No update on if he’ll be available. – 6:33 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Malone says Bones Hyland’s arrival in new Orleans was an “epic journey that began at 4am” – 6:30 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Keeping it cozy
#ULTRADrip x #MileHighBasketball PM

Josh Hart @joshhart
Newest addition @ApeKidsClub 🔥 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Bones Hyland out here smiling through his warmup in NOLA. PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 16 points for AG tonight?
Sign up and bet $1 on any NBA game with @PointsBetUSA and get $100 in Free Bets!
#MileHighBasketball4:06 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 CJ McCollum the missing piece?
🏀 Why the Pels need to stay away from Caris LeVert
🏀 Really go for it with Myles Turner?
Watch on YouTube!
📺 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: A fresh Canes 6-pack, including how one UM assistant is reducing the awkwardness of the coaching change. PLUS Cristobal makes recruiting inroads; Zion Nelson mulls decision; I. Walker; freshmen OL report; turnover chain; more:…3:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
If Bones comes back and starts, he’s going for a career high tonight. Those are the rules. – 3:13 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
On “The Lowe Post,” ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said that he “has heard” Zion Williamson now weighs roughly 330 lbs. Previously, Williamson was listed at 284 lbs.…2:57 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
“Home Alone isn’t a Christmas movie” – @Josh Hart
Josh and his teammates respond to the controversial tweet 😂 🎄
#Pelicans | @SeatGeek PM

Josh Hart @joshhart
Timo, We Are Sorry – 2:29 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets add Will Barton to the injury report with a non-COVID illness. He’s questionable tonight vs. New Orleans.
Team cannot catch a break right now. – 2:24 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
What I will look like and what I will say when we finally get back to Denver. PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
It was @ColeyHarvey’s first time hosting Outside the Lines and it was my @OTLonESPN debut.
Big day.
Here’s the latest on where things stand on Zion Williamson’s injury: PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Keldon Johnson (sprained right ankle) & Devin Vassell (right quad contusion) are doubtful for Thursday vs. Denver, per Spurs injury report.
An MRI revealed no structural damage to Keldon’s ankle after he injured it last night. It will be the 4th straight game without Devin. – 2:02 PM

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