There were a lot of people that thought they had overestimated the Denver Nuggets at the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. For the first couple of months of the season, they were a team that hovered around .500 and seemed to lack an obvious identity. As the Nuggets now sit in the three-seed of the Western Conference with a record of 50-24 though, it’s apparent that they weren’t overestimated at all.
Since the start of the new calendar year, the Nuggets have turned their season around for several reasons. The first reason is that their schedule has been less taxing than it was to start the year. They played a crazy amount of road games and back-to-backs at the beginning of the season.
Now that they’re playing at home, where they have a distinct advantage, they’ve had more opportunities at success. They’ve also developed their identity as a fast-paced team that likes to get to the rim.
All of the things that the Nuggets have done well this season were on display when they played in the month of March. Denver went 13-2 over the month, including going 9-0 at home. Moreover, the Nuggets averaged 105.9 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting over the month, and also outscored their opponents in the paint by an average of 18.5 points per game in March.
The Nuggets know what they have to do to be successful, and they were executing it perfectly last month.
As they head into the final three weeks of the season and into the postseason, the Nuggets need to keep doing the things that have led them to the three-seed right now. They have to continue to get out in transition, push the ball up the floor, and relentless try and get shots in the post and at the rim.
If they are able to do that, they will definitely get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Considering that they are 33-3 overall at home this season, that’s definitely a positive thing for them.