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Denver Nuggets monthly preview: February

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The month of January started off as bad as it could for the Denver Nuggets. They lost their first four games of the month as a part of a five game losing streak and then everything changed. The team headed off to London where they found their chemistry and started scoring at will. The Nuggets would go seven and three to close out the month to end with a .500 record for the month, just narrowly missing a winning record for the month with last night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Schedule overview

Nuggets record Opponents record Home games Road games Back to backs
Nuggets record Opponents record Home games Road games Back to backs
21-26 298-282 7 6 3
The going gets tough

The Nuggets will open the season with a bear of a schedule. They’ll face teams with winning records in five or their next eight games, including the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers who have the first, second and fourth best records in the NBA respectively at the time of writing and only one of those games, the Warriors, will be played at home. Just as Denver looked like they were about to get rolling they now could be in danger of going through an extended losing streak. While the team sits in the eighth seed currently, they could be on the outside looking in come all-star break.

Speaking of the all star break

Much like last month when the team played one game in a week during their trip abroad, the Nuggets will get some extended time off for the all star game. The previous CBA changed the length of time off around the all star festivities which means after the Nuggets entertain the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center on the fifteenth it will be eight days until their in Sacramento to face the Kings. The idea behind it is to give the players a well deserved and tangible break mid-season, but as the Nuggets have found out it in the past, sometimes the extended break lends itself to players getting in trouble and, on occasion, missing thier flight home when it’s time to get back to work. Probably not too many fears about that this year. However, something to keep and eye is Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay are both participants in the rising stars challenge, though they are also banged up. Will the Nuggets advise them to forego the festivites in favor of recovery? We shall see.

Best game

WAAAAAARRRRRRIIIIIIOOOOOOORRRRRRSSSSSS...thank god it’s a home game so we don’t have to hear that chant. Also, brief sidebar, ever notice the PA announcer for the Warriors has one trick in his bag. Every time a player scores, doesn’t matter who it is, he elongates the first name, goes higher pitch on the last name. I don’t know why it annoys me so much, probably because I’ll still hear “Steeeeeeeph Curry!” in my nightmares ever since his coming out party against the Nuggets in the playoffs, but I digress. Anytime Golden State comes to town it’s going to be a marquee event. Ticket prices will be sky high, media members from all corners of Denver will suddenly show up at the Pepsi Center and, surprisingly, it generally ends up being a competitive game. The Nuggets, like many young teams, often are guilty of playing to the level of their competition, so when the best team in the NBA is in town, the Nuggets generally are at their best. Can they people off the upset like they did last season? Here’s hoping.

Sneaky good game

Don’t look now, but the Dallas Mavericks are 7-3 in their last ten games. Once forgotten to the top of the lottery, since getting Dirk Nowitzki back the Mavericks are looking like a whole different team. Make no mistake, this is not a team interested in taking, not as long as Dirk is on the roster. They’ve got their eyes on that final playoff spot so getting a win against Denver would have some extra juice. With any luck Nikola Jokic will also be back by then and we’ll get a duel of the old guard and new guard of top European players

Bargain buy

Speaking of that sneaky good Mavericks game, head over to where YOU CAN GET A TICKET FOR $10!! If you’re not interested in the cheap seats the lower bowl starts at $22 and club level starts at $34. So far that is the cheapest game I’ve found this season. Can’t make it for a Monday night game? Not to worry the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 15th starts at just $12 and if you can only make a game on the weekend, how about kicking it off right on February 24th with the Brooklyn Nets game that starts at just $18. If you’re looking for a great bargain on a night out that Nets game also is when the Nuggets will hold their Mile High Spirits cocktail dinner. According to the team tickets are $85 and each ticket includes a Chefs Seasonal Harvest Table, including appetizers, multiple entrée’s, sides and desserts, 3 signature Mile High Spirits cocktails & game ticket located on the club level. I attended the Breckenridge Distillery Cocktail dinner back in December and it was well worth the cost. The dinner was delicious, the seats were very good and the cocktails weren’t watered down.