Denver Nuggets Game 1 Matchup Preview
The Nuggets will be taking on the Utah Jazz to begin their 2022-23 NBA schedule. This has been a must-watch matchup over the past few seasons, but now these two teams are heading in completely different directions.
The Jazz Are Without Rudy Gobert
The Jazz no longer have defensive standout Rudy Gobert to try and limit Nikola Jokic’s effectiveness inside the paint, nor do they have Donovan Mitchell to pose headaches for the Nuggets’ defense.
Now, the Jazz have Collin Sexton, who will almost certainly be looking to score the ball at all times as well as a few other guys that can get hot scoring the ball, but this team just doesn’t have the makings to be anything great.
The Denver Nuggets odds to win this game should be at an all-time high.
2022 Denver Nuggets Schedule
The Nuggets will be facing off against:
- Utah Jazz (twice)
- Golden State Warriors
- Oklahoma City Thunder (twice)
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Los Angeles Lakers (twice)
- San Antonio Spurs (twice)
To begin their season. The only real tests they have to face during this stretch come against the Golden State Warriors, Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers, but aside from that, these are all very winnable games.
The Denver Nuggets odds to start the season off strong are very high, especially if Nikola Jokic continues to be the dominant force he is on the basketball court.
Denver Nuggets Season Props
NBA predictions have the Denver Nuggets over/under win total sitting at 49.5 wins, which is right on par with how their last couple of seasons has gone.
Nikola Jokic has done everything he possibly could with one of the weaker supporting casts he could’ve ever imagined, as Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. were both essentially out of the mix all last season.
However, those two guys are expected to be healthy and back, so as long as they stay healthy, the Nuggets could possibly finish over this win total, especially when you consider some of the pickups they’ve made this offseason.
Jokic should easily continue to be among the league leaders in NBA player stats such as points, rebounds, and assists. He could potentially be the unofficial triple-crown winner in the NBA. He is that dominant.
Denver Nuggets 2022 Season Odds
The Denver Nuggets stats as a team should continue to be among the best in the league, which should easily catapult them into the conversation for the NBA championship.
Nuggets 2022 NBA Title Odds
The Denver Nuggets’ odds to win a championship are quite high, as they’re in the top 10 in the conversation right now.
Nikola Jokic is as unstoppable as they come, as he can get easy points in the paint with his ability to bulldoze defenders, hit the mid-range shot with ease, and hit the occasional 3-pointer.
His playmaking skills are also second to none when compared to guys at his position, which makes his teammates that much more dangerous.
Denver Nuggets Playoff Odds
The Nuggets are basically a lock to make the playoffs, as Nikola Jokic alone is good enough to bring this group to the postseason.
However, whichever seed they end up with will depend on the health of the team.
Denver Nuggets Northwest Division Odds
The Northwest Division will come down to the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves, with the Portland Trail Blazers seen as a distant third.
The Timberwolves lurk as a legitimate threat with the core of:
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Anthony Edwards
- Rudy Gobert
- D’Angelo Russell
In place. It’s going to come down to health and chemistry here.
Denver Nuggets Western Conference Championship Odds
The Nuggets stand a great chance to be championed as it is, but even if they don’t secure the Larry O’Brien trophy, they can still get to the Finals.
The last time Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. were all healthy at the same time; they make it to the Western Conference Finals.
If health holds up, they’re a legitimate threat to get to the Finals, though they’ll be competing against:
- Golden State Warriors
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Dallas Mavericks
- Memphis Grizzlies
For this honor.