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NBA - US Sports: Malone desperate for Nuggets response

Denver coach Michael Malone has called on his players to raise their game when Golden State Warriors visit the Ball Arena for Game 3 of their first round series on Thursday.

Golden State hold a 2-0 series lead and they are 10/13 to win in the Money Line, while the Nuggets can be backed at 11/10, with the Dubs having won the opening game 123-107 and then claimed a 20-point victory in Game 2.

Malone plays down home advantage

On Thursday The Nuggets will be playing in Denver for the first time since the post-season began, but Malone doesn't think his side has a big advantage despite the fact they are at home.

"I imagine this place is going to be half-filled with Warriors fans," Malone said, via Sportsnaut. "Every time we play them that seems to be the case. But it is great to be home. It is great to be playing in front of our own fans."

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 Denver had hoped to be able to call on Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr at some stage during the series against Golden State.

Malone says Murray definitely won't be involved in Game 3 and Porter is also expected to sit out.

The Nuggets have relied heavily on Nikola Jokic over the course of the season and he has led the scoring for Denver in both play-off games so far - managing 25 in the opener and 26 in the second.

Morris out to avoid embarrassment

Denver reached the second round last season, but lost 4-0 to Phoenix Suns and are in danger of slipping to another humbling defeat this year, and guard Monte Morris says his team are desperate to find a way back into the series.

"We've got to figure it out, because getting swept again, not a good look for nobody, and it's embarrassing," said Morris. "If we've got any pride, we've got to find out real soon because it's not going to get no easier for us."

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