According to Hollinger's SOS rating on his Power rankings, the Nuggets' opponents so far have a combined record of .474, which is the third easiest in the NBA. However, over the next 11 games, it is going to get much harder. There's also another pretty hard stretch from Feb. 28 against the Lakers to March 7 against the Blazers, but we can discuss that when we get there. I'd love for the Nuggets to go 7-4 in this stretch, but I see 6-5 as more realistic.
Here's the actual schedule itself copied from the Nuggets home page:
|January||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV|
|Mon 25||vs Charlotte||7:00pm||Altitude|
|Wed 27||@ Houston||6:30pm||Altitude|
|Fri 29||@ Oklahoma City||6:00pm||Altitude2|
|Sun 31||@ San Antonio||11:00am|
|February||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV|
|Mon 01||vs Sacramento||7:00pm||Altitude|
|Wed 03||vs Phoenix||8:30pm||Altitude|
|Fri 05||@ LA Lakers||8:30pm||Altitude|
|Sat 06||@ Utah||7:00pm||Altitude|
|Tue 09||vs Dallas||7:00pm||Altitude|
|Thu 11||vs San Antonio||8:30pm|
|Thu 18||@ Cleveland||6:00pm|
Also, there is a game at home against Boston after a roadie against Washington.
Looking at this, I see the Nuggets going 2-2 for the rest of January given our struggles on the road, then getting revenge against Sac-Town at home. We'll go 1-1 against Phoenix and the Lakers, then go 2-2 the rest of the way. At Utah will be on the second of a back-to-back, so we might as well give it away now. I'm sure that we can hold our home court against Dallas and San Antonio, but at Cleveland is difficult. Actually, I don't see 5-6 out of the realm of possibility, given that sometimes the Nuggets drop random games that they're supposed to win.
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Hey, we get to play this guy's team next! (via dealbreaker.com)
This time, on Feb. 11, we get to play the Spurs at home! And it is the last game before the All-Star Break! (via assets.sbnation.com)
And finally, to cap it all off, the Nuggets will cap it off with a road date with the Cavs! (via www.midwestsportsfans.com)
It will be interesting to look back on this and the poll after this stretch is over to see how accurate my/our predictions were.
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