The Denver Nuggets are going to see some real competition when the preseason finally rolls around at the beginning of October. While it’s sometimes hard to think of the preseason as any sort of real test, a quick look at the schedule shows that the Nuggets are going to have stiff competition in almost every game.
Overall, the schedule looks like this:
Friday, Oct. 2: The Nuggets take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
The Clippers are a contender every year with the roster they have—though they’ve not made it as far as fans would like. Players like Blake Griffin always make for a tough match-up.
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Tuesday, Oct. 6: The Nuggets play the Dallas Mavericks, and the game is at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavs are not as great as Mark Cuban wishes they were, but they should still put up a fairly good game. This is one that the Nuggets can win, though, if they bring it.
Thursday, Oct. 8: The Nuggets play the Chicago Bulls. This game is actually at the Coors Events Center, which is located at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The Bulls are a very good team and they’ll be a favorite in the East if Derrick Rose can stay healthy. This is a chance for the Nuggets to measure themselves against a team that has aspirations of winning on the biggest stage. It’d be a tough one to win, but they should put on a heck of a show at the university.
Tuesday, Oct. 13: The Nuggets travel to the Golden State Warriors.
Everyone knows what the Warriors can do. Steph Curry was the best player in the NBA last year, and the Warriors never take a game off. Getting to play the defending champs is awesome, but it means the likelihood of a win isn’t very high. Still, they are the high water mark in the NBA, so that’s a preseason game that you want.
Friday, Oct. 16: The Nuggets play against the Phoenix Suns, and this is a home game at the Pepsi Center.
Not only is this a home game, but it’s one the team can win. It should be a thrilling contest, and the home fans should have a lot of energy, even for the preseason.
Sunday, Oct. 18: The Nuggets go on the road to play the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This pits the Nuggets against another top team. The combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is very tough to stop—though, it being preseason, they’re not going to be out there like they usually would.
Thursday, Oct. 22: The Nuggets play the Utah Jazz, with the game at the Energy Solutions Arena.
This is a good way to end the preseason. It’s a game that the Nuggets can win, and they could start the regular season on a high note.