The Denver Nuggets drew another tough schedule, but nothing will compare to last year’s. Last year, the Nuggets played in 14 back-to-back contests which was quite a few. It was safe to say that a few of their losses were due to fatigue, but that is not an excuse for losing.
This year, the Nuggets drew a favorable early season schedule. They play 10 of their first 15 games at home and their longest road trip of the season is five games. While this is great news for the Nuggets towards the beginning of the season, it means their final stretch is going to filled with travelling to make up those road games.
The Nuggets final eight games are one of the toughest schedules I have ever seen. All eight are against 2017-18 playoff teams, four of which play inside the Northwest Division with the Nuggets. This stretch will most likely determine whether Denver plays in the postseason. Do you think Denver will be able to finish this season as strong as they did last year?
How can this stretch determine the season?
The Nuggets finished one game outside of the playoff picture last season. There are at least four to five games where the Nuggets either missed a late game opportunity or let the game slip away. Knowing how close they were, and what run they had to close the season on to get as close as they did leaves me with some uncertainty.
The final two weeks of the season were for making up ground last year. This year, that same task will be a lot more difficult this time around. The team faces seven of the Western Conference playoff teams from last year. This will be a difficult stretch for any team, let alone a young Denver Nuggets squad. Will that eight-game stretch be the Nuggets’ ticket to the postseason or their demise?