Denver Nuggets Second Half Schedule Prediction

Henry Smith, Journalist

After a first half of the season where the Denver Nuggets struggled early, the Nuggets went on a four game winning streak to close out the first half of the season and are beginning to look like a Championship contender again. In this article, I will be previewing every Nuggets game for the rest of the season, predicting the scores of each game, and forecasting the final standings at the end of the season.

Current record: 21-15

Friday, March 12 – Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets play The Memphis Grizzlies for the first time this season to start off the second half in a game that will be televised on NBA TV.

Prediction: DEN 116 – 108 MEM

Nuggets Record: 22-15

Saturday, March 13 – Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: Conference rival Dallas is in town for an epic final showdown of the season between the two European superstars, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic

Prediction: DAL 102 – 111 DEN

Nuggets Record: 23-15

Monday, March 15 – Indiana Pacers @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Indiana Pacers will look to snap the Denver Nuggets six game win streak in the final matchup of the season between these two teams

Prediction: IND 105 – 99 DEN

Nuggets Record: 23-16

Wednesday, March 17 – Charlotte Hornets @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets play Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets for the first time this season, in a battle of two young guards with All-NBA potential. 

Prediction: CHA 114 – 122 DEN

Nuggets Record: 24-16

Friday, March 19 – Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets

One Sentence Preview: The Denver Nuggets look to finish the season sweep of the Chicago Bulls in Ball Arena.

Prediction: CHI 115 – 120 DEN

Nuggets Record: 25-16

Sunday, March 21 – New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets

One Sentence Preview: Zion WIlliamson of the Pelicans and Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets square off for the first time this season in a battle of  big men.

Prediction: NOLA 112 – 104 DEN

Nuggets Record: 25-17

Tuesday, March 23 – Denver Nuggets @ Orlando Magic 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets head out to Orlando to start off a three game road trip, and play the Magic for the first time this season.

Prediction: DEN 104 – 95 ORL

Nuggets Record: 26-17

Wednesday, March 24 – Denver Nuggets @ Toronto (Tampa Bay) Raptors

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets and the Raptors, two teams that had very slow starts, are squaring off for the first time this season after their early season slumps.

Prediction: DEN 119 – 106 TOR

Nuggets Record: 27-17

Friday, March 26 – Denver Nuggets @ New Orleans Pelicans 

One Sentence Preview: The Denver Nuggets look to even the season series against the Pelicans in New Orleans to close out their three game road trip.

Prediction: DEN 116 – 113 NOLA

Nuggets Record: 28-17

Sunday, March 28 – Atlanta Hawks @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Atlanta Hawks look to finish the season sweep of the Denver Nuggets

Prediction: ATL 120 – 117 DEN

Nuggets Record: 28-18

Tuesday, March 30 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Denver Nuggets

One Sentence Preview: Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, the top two MVP candidates, face off on NBA TV in a battle of the two best big men in basketball.

Prediction: PHI 102 – 108 DEN

Nuggets Record: 29-18

Thursday, April 1 – Denver Nuggets @ LA Clippers 

One Sentence Preview: The Denver Nuggets look to even the season series against conference rival LA Clippers on TNT for the first time after their Christmas Day matchup, which the Clippers won 121-108

Prediction: DEN 111 – 106 LAC

Nuggets Record: 30-18

Sunday, April 4 – Orlando Magic @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets square off for the final time this season on a Sunday night scheduled for NBA TV. 

Prediction: ORL 102 – 105 DEN

Nuggets Record: 31-18

Tuesday, April 6 – Detroit Pistons @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: Former Nuggets Mason Plumlee and Jerami Grant play the hot Nuggets for the first time since they departed for Detroit. 

Prediction: DET 110 – 124 DEN

Nuggets Record: 32-18

Wednesday, April 7 – San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: Conference foes San Antonio and Denver square off for the first time in a back-to-back pair of games at Ball Arena in Denver.

Prediction: SA 102 – 112 DEN

Nuggets Record: 33-18

Friday, April 9 – San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: With the Season Series on the line, the Nuggets and Spurs play each other for the final time this regular season. 

Prediction: SA 97 – 104 DEN

Nuggets Record: 34-18

Sunday, April 11 – Boston Celtics @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets and the Celtics, two of the deeper teams in their respective conferences, play their final matchup of the season against each other in a Sunday afternoon game televised on NBA TV.

Prediction: BOS 103 – 110 DEN

Nuggets Record: 35-18

Monday, April 12 – Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors 

One Sentence Preview: Two MVP candidates, Nikola Jokic and Stephen Curry, are set for an epic duel on ESPN in a game between conference rivals Golden State and Denver.

Prediction: DEN 125 – 119 GS (Overtime)

Nuggets Record: 36-18

Wednesday, April 14 – Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Miami Heat look to stop the red hot Denver Nuggets, predicted winners of eight straight games when the teams clase, in a match-up between Conference heavyweights. 

Prediction: MIA 114 – 107 DEN

Nuggets Record: 36-19

Friday, April 16 – Denver Nuggets @ Houston Rockets 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets and the once formidable, but now rebuilding, Rockets play each other for the first time since the Nuggets beat them 124-111 on December 28th. 

Prediction: DEN 113 – 99 HOU

Nuggets Record: 37-19

Monday, April 19 – Memphis Grizzlies @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: Ja Morant and Jamal Murray play each other in the second duel of the season between the two young talented guards. 

Prediction: MEM 103 – 98 DEN

Nuggets Record: 37-20

Wednesday, April 21 – Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets play division rival Portland for the second time this season, as the Nuggets look to improve their division record to 8-1.

Prediction: DEN 129 – 108 POR

Nuggets Record: 38-20

Friday, April 23 – Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets look to finish the sweep of conference foe Golden State as they square off for the final time this season in a game televised on ESPN. 

Prediction: DEN 110 – 120 GS

Nuggets Record: 38-21

Saturday, April 24 – Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets look to bounce back from their predicted loss against the Warriors, as they take on the Houston Rockets at home. 

Prediction: HOU 106 – DEN 123

Nuggets Record: 39-21

Monday, April 26 – Memphis Grizzlies @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Grizzlies travel to Denver to play the Nuggets for the last time this season with the season series on the line.  

Prediction: MEM 104 – 111 DEN

Nuggets Record: 40-21

Wednesday, April 28 – New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets, two teams with very bright futures, square off for the final time this season, as the Nuggets try to improve their win streak to three. 

Prediction: NOLA 90 – 98 DEN

Nuggets Record: 41-21

Thursday, April 29 – Toronto (Tampa Bay) Raptors @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets will look to sweep their four game home stand, as they take on the dangerous and potent Raptors to close out April. 

Prediction: TOR 106 – 114 DEN

Nuggets Record: 42-21

Saturday, May 1 – Denver Nuggets @ LA Clippers 

One Sentence Preview: The Nuggets start off the annual end of season gauntlet with a game against the LA Clippers, where they look to win the season series in a Saturday night game televised in primetime on ESPN.

Prediction: DEN 100 – 112 LAC

Nuggets Record: 42-22

Monday, May 3 – Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers 

One Sentence Preview: Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets stay in LA for the weekend, as they take on LeBron James and the Lakers in a battle between the MVP candidates on ESPN. 

Prediction: DEN 119 – 122 LAL (Overtime)

Nuggets Record: 42-23

Wednesday, May 5 – New York Knicks @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: After a devastating predicted overtime loss to the Lakers, the Nuggets look to bounce back from their two loss streak against the New York Knicks at home. 

Prediction: NY 101 – 120 DEN

Nuggets Record: 43-23

Friday, May 7 – Denver Nuggets @ Utah Jazz

One Sentence Preview: The Denver Nuggets travel to Salt Lake City to square off against Utah, in a heated rivalry game with a season series on the line on Friday night in prime time. 

Prediction: DEN 133 – 128 UTAH (Overtime)

Nuggets Record: 44-23

Saturday, May 8 – Brooklyn Nets @ Denver Nuggets 

One Sentence Preview: The Denver Nuggets look to win their last home game of the season, against Brooklyn’s big three superstars.

Prediction: BKN 125 – 123 DEN

Nuggets Record: 44-24

Tuesday, May 11 – Denver Nuggets @ Charlotte Hornets 

One Sentence Preview: The Denver Nuggets  play the Charlotte Hornets to start their final road trip of the season, where they travel from the East Coast all the way to the Pacific Northwest in the same trip.

Prediction: DEN 103 – 98 CHA

Nuggets Record: 45-24

Thursday, May 13 – Denver Nuggets @ Minnesota Timberwolves 

One Sentence Preview: The tanking Timberwolves play the Nuggets for the final time this season in Minneapolis.

Prediction: DEN 127 – 99 MIN

Nuggets Record: 46-24

Friday, May 14 – Denver Nuggets @ Detroit Pistons 

One Sentence Preview: After a predicted blowout win in Minnesota, the Nuggets will travel to Detroit, for a game against the Pistons and former Nuggets Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee.

Prediction: DEN 91 – 94 DET

Nuggets Record: 46-25

Sunday, May 16 – Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers 

One Sentence Preview: After a predicted ugly loss in Detroit, the Nuggets travel all the way to Portland for their final game of the season, against their long time division rival, and look to finish the season sweep of Portland and improve their division record to 11-1. 

Prediction: DEN 109 – 105 POR

Nuggets Record: 47-25

To Conclude

At the end of the season, I have the Nuggets going 47-25, after a 26-10 second half. The Nuggets look like they have finally figured out their team chemistry  and how to win big games regardless of injuries. With a 47-25 record, the Nuggets will probably finish anywhere between 1st and 5th in the west.