The 2013-2014 Denver Nuggets’ schedule has been released by the NBA.
The team opens on October 30th in Sacramento against the Kings with the home opener falling two nights later against the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to a release by the team the Nuggets will be featured on national television 20 times this season with six appearances on TNT, seven on ESPN and seven on NBATV.
By my count the Nuggets will play back-to-backs games 14 times this season with the first coming November 7th and 8th at home against Atlanta followed by a road game in Phoenix and the final one coming in the team’s final two games on April 15th and 16th at the Clippers and at home against the Warriors.
Denver will play eight home games in November, six in December, nine in January, six in February, eight in March, and four in April.
They will be on the road for their only game in October, six games in November, nine in December including a six game road trip to start the month, six games in January, six games in February, nine games in March and four games in April.
The team’s toughest stretch looks to be in April where they will face New Orleans, Memphis, Houston twice, Golden State twice, the Clippers once and the Jazz once.
If the Nuggets are in the playoff hunt entering April they will have every chance they want to decide their own fate as seven of the eight games will be against teams expected to be their competition for playoff spots.
The easiest stretch seems to be a six game stretch at the end of January when the Nuggets will play in Phoenix and Portland before returning home for a game against Indiana. They will then play a game in Sacramento before returning home to finish the month with the Bobcats and Raptors.
While Indiana and Portland are both expected to be playoff teams the Nuggets will get the Pacers at home and the Blazers are expected to be around the Nuggets level. The Suns, Raptors, Kings and Bobcats are all games the Nuggets should be favored in though, providing them a nice stretch to pad their win total.
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