Orlando faces a Nuggets team with which it has some ties, despite playing two time zones and one Conference away: both organizations overhauled themselves over the summer by taking part in the same four-team, 12-player trade, with former Nugget standouts Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington coming to Orlando as part of the deal. From the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver received All-Star forward Andre Iguodala, whose versatility and athleticism seem tailor-made for innovative coach George Karl.
Harrington, who's recovering from offseason knee operations, will not play Friday against his former club.
Denver lost its season opener, 84-75, in Iguodala's return to Philadelphia. It shot 37.5 percent from the floor and surrendered 16 points and 12 rebounds to Sixers big man Spencer Hawes.