The Denver Nuggets were on a 15-game winning streak headed into Monday night’s contest in New Orleans. Most expected Denver to make that streak another game larger against a team that still sits more than 20 games below .500. It was more likely for Denver to lose their first game in over a month to a playoff contender like San Antonio or Houston.
However, the Hornets surprisingly beat down the Nuggets in the first half, which allowed them to secure a 110-86 win, New Orleans’ 25th win of the season.
The Nuggets lost to an inferior team Monday night because they were not able to overcome their main flaws. These flaws could potentially cause bigger problems during the postseason. Poor defense and an opponent that dictates pace could be the downfall of one of the league’s most fun and under-the-radar squads.
However, Monday nights’ performance could simply be a wake-up call for a team that plans to contend for a Western Conference title.