Denver Nuggets Odds, Calendar, Stats, Injuries 2022-23 NBA Season

Denver Nuggets Last Season Performance

The Denver Nuggets finished the regular season with a 48-34 record at a .585 winning percentage. They made the playoffs to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference first round to lose the series 1-4; the Nuggets finished in sixth place in their conference.

The Nuggets had a tough season plagued with injuries that kept two key players out of the 2021-22 season. Guard Jamal Murray suffered an ACL injury the season before, which kept him out of the floor for the entire season. In addition, forward Michael Porter Jr. had a back injury that required surgery; he played in nine games. Both players have not shared the court floor since April 2021.

Not all was bad news for Denver. Their season highlight was the performance of their franchise player and back-to-back MVP award winner, Nikola Jokic. Denver star had a remarkable season; he scored 66 double-doubles and nineteen triple-doubles and made NBA history by becoming the first NBA player to score 2000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 500 rebounds in a season.

With Denver’s key players off the floor, young rookie guard Bones Hyland stepped in and contributed massively to the team with his scoring and shooting abilities. Hyland made 69 appearances, gradually earning more minutes per game; he averaged 0.1 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds. After an excellent rookie campaign, he made it to the second-team All-Rookie.

Moreover, Will Barton helped the team with his shooting consistency; he scored 30 points, including 11 points on the fourth-quarter outing against the Indiana Pacers. Barton led the game in scoring with 30 points, six rebounds, and three assists. In addition, Barton cashed his 769th three in Denver’s 116-101 victory over Houston, becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in three-pointers made.

Furthermore, Aaron Gordon helped the team to raise the ceiling to the title contenders’ level. On the defensive end, Gordon proved to be an effective scorer and second option behind Jokic. Also, he became Denver’s No. 1 defensive stopper. He posted up power forwards, guards, and wings on the perimeter.

The Denver Nuggets 2021-22 season saw a massive turnaround; they massed a six-game losing streak in November and inconsistencies throughout the season. Nonetheless, they overcame challenges and finished sixth place in the Western Conference.

Denver Nuggets Offseason Changes

Denver’s first-round exit was disappointing, so there are great expectations for the upcoming season to become title contenders. Here are the Nuggets’ off-season moves.

The most significant move made by Denver was the re-signing of the Joker. The back-to-back MVP holds the record for the largest contract extension in league history, with a $264M supermax extension. In addition, they extended Vlatko Cancar and Davon Reed.

On the rookies’ side, they added Christian Braun, Collin Gillespie, Payton Watson, and Jack White. Denver’s most noteworthy draft move was first pick Braun; he has displayed three-point shooting potential, a defensive skillset, and versatility. He performed remarkably in all four games at the Summer League by averaging 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.

In regards to Denver’s free agency moves, the Nuggets sealed a trade deal by adding Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith from the Wizards; they shipped Will Barton and Monte Morris. Moreover, they inked former Sixers center DeAndre Jordan and Bruce Brown Jr. from the Brooklyn Nets.

Denver Nuggets Key Additions

The most substantial offseason move to the Nuggets roster was the additions of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Bruce Brown Jr.

Denver looked to build around Jokic on offense, which has been their primary issue over the past seasons; this is where KPC fits as a glove into the Nuggets’ roster. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a solid shooting guard. Last season, he reached a season-high by scoring 35 points versus the Dallas Mavericks. Also, he brings improved three-pointer shooting skills; he shot at 39 percent in the last campaign.

Bruce Brown will bring perimeter defense, versatility, and consistency to the Nuggets; he will be the perfect piece to fit with Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., and Jamal Murray. Also, Brown will add finisher and bench depth.

Denver Nuggets Key Subtractions

The Denver Nuggets departed Will Barton and Monte Morris; both players were part of the franchise for the last five years and were a pivotal part of the team. Barton is the all-time three-point shooter, and Morris was an exceptional player on the court and a perfect fit in their culture and community. Both subtractions were necessary losses.

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Denver Nuggets Coach Analysis

Head Coach Michael Malone is now entering his seventh season with the Denver Nuggets; he has a record of 309-237 at a .566 winning percentage ranking him third in franchise history.

Malone came to rebuild Denver’s culture; he has worked towards developing a team-building model, preaching continuity and hard work, and polishing the team core. In addition, he has been co-responsible for Nikola Jokic’s growth and success.

Coach Malone is a defensive coach; throughout his career with Denver, the Nuggets came from being ranked 25th in defense in the NBA to now ranked 15th. In previous years, the Nuggets have made it to 13th place.

Moreover, experts often praise (and criticize) Malone’s in-game adjustments and lineups. Malone tends to sacrifice offense over defense, which has been an ongoing issue for the team. Nonetheless, Coach Malone has been a superb contributor to the Nuggets as he has been able to mold his coaching style and the team’s culture.

Denver Nuggets Betting Prediction for the 2022-23 Season

The sportsbook has the Denver Nuggets at +2000 to win the NBA Championship and at +1000 to win the NBA Western Conference, the fifth favorite.

The Nuggets count on a solid roster; they have Nikola Jokic, who has undeniable potential to win his third MVP award this upcoming season. Also, they expect to have their other two key players healthy and in top condition, while Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray might start slow at the beginning of the campaign if they remain healthy.

In addition, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Bruce Brown Jr. came to add depth to the roster. Overall, the team is more powerful and balanced. The NBA odds make sense; the Nuggets will work hard to have a great regular season, make the playoffs and pass the first round.

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Denver Nuggets FAQs

Have the Denver Nuggets ever won a championship?

The Nuggets are among the twelve NBA teams that have never won an NBA Championship.

What years did the Nuggets make the playoffs?

The Nuggets have never reached an NBA Finals and have made only four Western Conference Finals (1978, 1985, 2009, 2020)

What’s the Denver Nuggets' playoff record?

In all time, the Nuggets have an 82-128 record in the playoffs.

Do the Denver Nuggets have a real chance to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship?

The Nuggets have a solid roster, a back-to-back MVP, and a great coaching staff. They have a high chance of making the playoffs, but the weak point is that they rely too heavily on key players that come from injuries. The NBA Championship seems too ambitious for this upcoming season.

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