Nelson posted 15 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 assists, seven rebounds and one steal over 39 minutes in Saturday's 109-105 loss to the Rockets. Nelson equaled Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris in shot attempts on the night and posted his second consecutive double-digit scoring effort. The veteran guard had supplied single-digit point totals in six straight contests to open March, so the recent uptick in production is somewhat unexpected. However, Nelson remains an above-average ball distributor even when his shot isn't falling, and is capable of offering solid returns in the rebounding category on occasion as well. Coach Mike Malone appears to have settled on Nelson as his starting point guard for the stretch run, keeping him valuable in all formats.
Nelson notched 16 points (4-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five assists, two steals and one rebound across 34 minutes during Thursday's 129-114 victory over the Clippers. Nelson has been crucial to the Nuggets success on offense in the 11 games since the All-Star break, providing 9.1 points on 50.0 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three, 4.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals across 29.4 minutes per game. With Nikola Jokic taking over the bulk of the distribution duties this season, Nelson is free to hang around the perimeter and knock down easy jumpers, leading him to his best three-point percentage (38.7) since 2010-11 with the Magic when he shot 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. While he isn't an elite fantasy option at guard, he's a strong three-point contributor, and boasts only 1.7 turnovers in addition to his 5.0 assists per game.
Nelson (hip) is active and available to play in Monday's matchup with the Lakers, Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com reports. Nelson recently dealt with a right hip flexor strain, but it's reportedly nothing serious, so he'll play through the injury Monday and won't miss any time. As of now, Nelson is expected to start at point guard like usual, but that could change if the Nuggets want to limit his minutes, so it will be a situation to monitor up until tip. If Nelson is limited in anyway, Jamal Murray would likely pick up the bulk of the minutes.
Nelson is dealing with a right hip flexor strain and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Lakers, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports. This is the first we've heard of the injury for Nelson, so it's unclear exactly when he suffered the injury. He'll receive treatment overnight and will then likely be reevaluated following Monday's morning shootaround. Nelson is considered questionable against the Lakers, but if he can't take the court, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay would be in line for increased roles.
Nelson tallied eight points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one block across 33 minutes in a 105-92 win over the Kings on Saturday. Following a one-game absence due to an illness to begin March, Nelson has settled back into his usual starting role at point guard, but his statistical production is beginning to trend downward. Though he's averaged a robust 29.4 minutes per game over his last five contests, Nelson hasn't eclipsed eight points or six assists in any of those games, and is shooting a meager 40.5 percent from the floor. He'll still have some usefulness in deeper leagues, but Nelson's low usage rate significantly limits his upside.
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