Denver
Nuggets
Stadium Pepsi Center
43-22 Overall | WESTERN 3rd
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Northwest Division110.4107.4
Schedule
Regular season
Sun  3/1
vs
Toronto
W133-118
Tue  3/3
vs
Golden State
L100-116
Thu  3/5
@
Charlotte
W114-112
Sat  3/7
@
Cleveland
L102-104
Mon  3/9
vs
Milwaukee
W109-95
Wed  3/11
@
Dallas
L97-113
Fri  3/13
@
San Antonio
POSTPONED
Sun  3/15
@
Los Angeles
POSTPONED
Wed  3/18
vs
Los Angeles
POSTPONED
Fri  3/20
@
Oklahoma City
POSTPONED
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Their odds to win it all are 16/1, 5.9% (#8). Their simulation based win percentage (5.3%) is not better than their odds implied probability but it would be if not for the juice on the lines. They are a good bet to win the West at 10/1, 9.1%. Their sim chance is 10.7%. The Nuggets are averaging 49.7 wins per sim so we recommend betting them to come under 52.5 wins. At -1400 the Nuggets are a good value to make the playoffs with a 96.8% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 3/2, 40%. They win the division in 49.2% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the West.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Based on last season's game odds they 'should have had' 50.6 wins. Their 54-28 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. They went 42-40 against the spread (-200 loss). More of their games came in under (47) than went over (34). Based on computer simulations they only have a 37% chance to beat the Trail Blazers in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

SHOOTING (AVERAGE): Their true FG% is 55.6% (#14 in League). They average 110.7 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 111.9. On the road they average 107.2 (110 expected), and at home 114.1 ppg (113.8 expected).

DEFENSE (AVERAGE): They are an average defensive team allowing opponents to shoot 55.3 true FG% (#13 in League). They allow 106.7 pts per game vs an expected value of 108.1. They are allowing 109.8 (109.7 expected) on the road, and at home 103.6 ppg (106.5 expected).

REBOUNDING (STRENGTH): They significantly outrebound opponents by an average of +3.3 per game (#5 in league).

TURNOVERS (AVERAGE): Their turnover margin is zero (#13 in league).

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Nikola Jokic who is projected to be the #1 Center. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
5 Barton, Will SF6-518101/06/19917Memphis
6 Bates-Diop, Keita SF6-822901/23/19961Ohio State
10 Bol, Bol C7-222011/16/19990Oregon
31 Cancar, Vlatko SF6-823604/10/19970No College
3 Craig, Torrey SF6-722112/19/19902South Carolina Upstate
30 Daniels, Troy SG6-420507/15/19916Virginia Commonwealth
35 Dozier, PJ PG6-620510/25/19962South Carolina
9 Grant, Jerami PF6-821003/12/19945Syracuse
14 Harris, Gary SG6-421009/14/19945Michigan State
15 Jokic, Nikola C7-028402/19/19954No College
4 Millsap, Paul PF6-725702/10/198513Louisiana Tech
11 Morris, Monte PG6-218306/27/19952Iowa State
27 Murray, Jamal PG6-421502/23/19973Kentucky
7 Plumlee, Mason PF6-1125403/05/19906Duke
1 Porter Jr., Michael PF6-1021806/29/19980Missouri
32 Vonleh, Noah PF6-1025708/24/19955Indiana