2:10 PM : Nikola Jokic (wrist) has now been downgraded to probable for Monday vs Pelicans.
12:25 PM : Both Vlatko Čančar and Jamal Murray will be absent for the Nuggets’ clash against the New Orleans Pelicans tonight, the team has officially confirmed.
Murray had to depart the previous game against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter due to tightness in his right hamstring. Also, Cancar is recovering from his knee surgery.
Prior to the Chicago game, Murray had been a fixture on the court for all six of the team’s initial games, averaging 18.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per contest.
His shooting percentages were at 43.6% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the three-point line.
The Nuggets have been impressive with a 6-1 record in their first seven games, the most recent being a convincing 123-101 win over the Chicago Bulls at home on Saturday, in which Murray contributed only 2 points and 2 rebounds before his early exit. This situation is likely to result in an increased role for Reggie Jackson.
As for the New Orleans Pelicans (4-2), they have their own injury concerns with Jose Alvarado, Naji Marshall, CJ McCollum, and Trey Murphy III all sidelined for various reasons.
The game between the Nuggets and the Pelicans is scheduled to tip-off at 7pm on Monday at the Ball Arena in Denver.