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Nuggets: This is the fifth game in what has be­come a dif­fi­cult-toswal­low road trip. The Nuggets have lost three of their first four on this jaunt. While each game has had unique cir­cum­stances, the foun­da­tion of the losses re­mains painfully sim­i­lar — and it starts with turnovers. The Nuggets are av­er­ag­ing 19.8 turnovers per game on this trip, in­clud­ing a sea­son-high 29 in their loss at Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day. Op­po­nents are cash­ing in those turnovers for an av­er­age of 20.5 points. … There were two changes to Den­ver’s start­ing lineup against the Wizards, one be­cause of Em­manuel Mu­diay’s an­kle in­jury. The point guard is ques­tion­able for Satur­day’s game . ... The Nuggets dropped their sea­son se­ries with Or­lando last sea­son, los­ing both meet­ings. They are only 4-19 in their last 23 games at Or­lando. … Rookie guard Ma­lik Beasley was as­signed Fri­day to Sioux Falls of the NBA D-League. Beasley, the 19th over­all pick in the draft, has played in only nine games for Den­ver, av­er­ag­ing 2.9 points. Magic: Or­lando will come into Satur­day’s game on the sec­ond of a back-to-back set. The Magic played Char­lotte on the road Fri­day night. … Or­lando has lost four con­sec­u­tive games at home. Its last win at home was Nov. 19 against Dal­las. Christo­pher Dempsey, The Den­ver Post

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