Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Nuggets Guard, Sidelined with Concussion for Nets Game

Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is out for a game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a concussion.
‣ Despite his injury, the Nuggets are still considered to have the second-best odds of winning the season’s championship, according to multiple NBA betting sites.
‣ Caldwell-Pope is averaging 10.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, and 32.9 minutes per game this season.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Denver Nuggets guard, won’t be playing in Thursday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets. This two-time NBA champ is still in concussion protocol. As of Wednesday, his status was listed as questionable.

This 11-year vet had a head injury during the first quarter of Tuesday’s game in Chicago. Despite passing an in-game concussion evaluation, Caldwell-Pope was cleared to re-enter the game, according to Nuggets coach Michael Malone.

When it comes to NBA betting sites, the Nuggets are second only to the Boston Celtics in odds to win this season’s championship. Still, the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns are showing strong odds at various sportsbooks.

Caldwell-Pope’s injury was initially diagnosed as a head contusion. He played for eight minutes in the second quarter but sat out the second half. Despite his absence, Denver managed to secure a 114-106 win over the Bulls.

So far this season, Caldwell-Pope has averaged 10.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, and 32.9 minutes per game in his 25 starts. He’s also been shooting 45% from the field, 40.4% from the 3-point range, and a career-best 90.2% at the foul line.

Caldwell-Pope, a Georgia product, has had some standout games. He scored a season-high 20 points in wins over the Los Angeles Lakers (Oct. 24) and Detroit Pistons (Nov. 20). He also added 20 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 24.

The Nuggets’ injury report also lists guard Jamal Murray (bilateral ankle sprains) and forward Aaron Gordon (right heel strain) as probable. Forward Vlatko Cancar (knee) remains out indefinitely.

As for Brooklyn, guards Ben Simmons (hip) and Lonnie Walker IV (hamstring) are still out indefinitely. Guard Dennis Smith Jr. (back) was also downgraded to out for Thursday’s game.

Denver’s home record this season is impressive, standing at 9-1. They’re 6-4 in their last 10 games. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Nuggets have a 64% chance of defeating the Nets. NBA sportsbooks show Denver as a heavy 9.5-point favorite at home.

James Shotwell
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