By Court Zierk @courtzierk on August 14, 2014
The Denver Nuggets have a very tough schedule, and their road to the playoffs is definitely one of the more tumultuous in the league. Then again, that often produces some of the most exciting games. If you aren’t able to watch any other games on the Nuggets schedule, make sure you don’t miss these five.
The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the season, again, as one of the favorites to secure a top seed in the Western Conference and to challenge San Antonio for the conference title. They come to Denver for the second game of the season, and this should be the first real test to see how a fully healthy Nuggets squad stacks up against one of the elite NBA teams. It also may provide the Nuggets an early chance to secure a highly valuable division win.
Any time you play the reigning NBA champions, it is a sight to behold. Another early test to see how the Nuggets fare against the West’s best. Assuming Gregg Popovich isn’t resting half of his starters, it is a chance for a young Nuggets squad to witness how true champions operate and to potentially insert themselves into the conversation for dark horse playoff teams.
The fifth game of the season provides Denver fans with their first chance to watch LeBron James attempt to gel with his new teammates. If James’ time with the Miami Heat showed us anything, it’s that it isn’t an overnight process. This could be a great opportunity for Denver to secure a victory over a team that will probably end up competing for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Nuggets have a brutal stretch entering the All-Star break, coming off of three straight road games in Philadelphia, Boston and Detroit, before coming home to face Oklahoma City. If they fall into a losing skid, this game in Los Angeles could be just what the doctor ordered to provide a young Nuggets squad some confidence heading into the break. Plus, Nuggets fans just love beating the Lakers, no matter how good or bad their team is.
The final game of the season is one of Denver’s five nationally televised games, and this game could be ripe with playoff implications. The Nuggets will likely be in a battle for the eighth and final playoff spot, competing with teams like the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. This could very well be a win-or-go-home situation and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the year.
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