The Denver Nuggets need a win. They also need forward Danilo Gallinari.
Friday, Gallo, who missed the opener, said he will play at Orlando against the Magic, despite telling the Denver Post Thursday that although his ankle is improving, he is not 100 percent.
After suffering an ankle sprain in Monday’s practice, the Nuggets’ forward had to watch the disappointing 84-75 loss from the bench against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.
Gallinari is still listed as a game-time decision.
In the preseason, the Nuggets starter averaged 15.3 points per game and shot 95 percent from the free-throw line — numbers that would undoubtedly have assisted Denver against the 76ers on Wednesday.
After the season opening loss, both Gallo and the Nuggets need to recover.