The NBA is coming back July 30 and not a moment too soon for basketball fans who have been deprived a proper conclusion to the 2019-20 season since Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test March 11 that set off the worldwide cascade of sports league cancellations. Now, the NBA will look to finish what it started with a 22-team “bubble” at the Disney Resorts in Orlando, an eight-game finish to the regular season and four best-of-7 playoff rounds to determine a champion. We take a look at each of the teams involved as we move closer to the official return and today we’ll look at the Denver Nuggets team in our Sports Intel preview:
Denver Nuggets Team Preview 2019-2020 Re-Boot
(43-22, 3rd in West, 7 games behind No. 1)
Where we left off: The Nuggets only won half of the last ten games before the NBA season was called off due to the coronavirus; however, they still managed to force the Lakers to go into overtime, which showed the power and stamina the starting lineup possesses. Defensively, Denver may be the best in the West and, before the season pause, boasted one of the best records in points conceded per game. The offense, on the other hand, was a little weak, but this should be corrected before the season resumes.
Remaining schedule: Aug. 1, Miami Heat; Aug. 3, Oklahoma City Thunder; Aug. 5, San Antonio Spurs; Aug. 6, Portland Trail Blazers; Aug. 8, Utah Jazz; Aug. 10, LA Lakers; Aug. 12, LA Clippers; Aug. 14, Toronto Raptors.
Projected starting lineup: PG: Jamal Murray, SG: Gary Harris, SF: Will Barton, PF: Paul Millsap, C: Nikola Jokic
Key injuries, absentees: None (C Bol Bol could be included in the lineup)
Odds to Win Title: 25-1
Can they win it all? The Nuggets team already clinched a playoff spot with their performance ahead of the season stoppage, and will be ready to continue their run when the NBA Bubble sees the action resume. Combined, Denver showcases one of the most experienced front five in the league, and that talent will allow the team to come in relaxed and in command. Jokic and Murray are getting into a rhythm that still has a few kinks to be worked out but, at this point, with no injuries and with a decent schedule coming up, the Nuggets are in great shape to seize the championship.
So, that’s what we got for our team preview of the Denver Nuggets ahead of the 2019-2020 season restart. At 25-1 in the NBA odds, they look like a very good option for your money.