April 2 @ Miami
The Heat have been one of the biggest surprises of the season. They started 11-30 and were destined for the lottery before head coach Eric Spoelstra worked his magic and sparked life into the team. Since then, the Heat have gone 21-4 and have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league since the turn of the calendar year. Denver suffer a loss here. Hassan Whiteside will make life extremely difficult for Jameer Nelson, Will Barton and co to drive to the hoop and kick, much like Rudy Gobert does for the Jazz.
April 4 @ New Orleans
Taking down the Pelicans at the Pepsi Center is one thing, but having to do it down in New Orleans on the fourth game of a road trip that included a stop in Miami is going to be tough. The Pelicans arguably have the two most talented big men in the world on their roster, however, they also have a serious lack of wing players and that is where Denver can take advantage. By this point, the Nuggets will be playing every single game like an elimination game and it’s hard to see how Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Will Barton and company don’t dominate from the perimeter. Nuggets get a big road win.
April 5 @ Houston
The Nuggets played the Rockets extremely tough during their recent home-and-home series last week despite losing both games. Denver could have walked away from that mini series with two wins instead of two loses had some things down the stretch if both games gone slightly differently. The Nuggets are one of the few teams in the league that are comfortable playing at the pace Houston does, which makes for close, entertaining games. With that said, I’m going with a loss for Denver here. It will be the last game of a five game road trip and the second night of a back-to-back. The Rockets run Denver out of Houston.