The Nuggets went on a vicious win streak last season that was overshadowed by the Heat’s because they happened at the same time, but they once again could not win a playoff series. They were beaten by the Warriors in the first round, and now their team looks a lot different from where they were a season ago. Let's look at what the NBA odds have in store for them this upcoming season.
Denver ended the regular season with a franchise record, 57 SU wins. They were also 49-33 ATS during the regular season, but went 0-6 ATS in the playoffs. The biggest downfall for them was the loss of Danilo Gallinari who tore his ACL late in the regular season, just a few weeks before the start of the playoffs
The Nuggets went on the 2nd longest winning streak of any team last season, but unfortunately, the 15-game winning streak was the best thing to happen to that team last season. They got to the playoffs, but were beaten by the prince, Steph Curry, and his band of Warriors. This season, the Nuggets will look a lot different from top to bottom, and it looks doubtful that they will be as good as they were in 2012-2013.
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The two biggest losses were the firing of coach George Karl, and the loss of Andre Iguodala in free agency to the team that beat them during the playoffs, Golden State. After that, the Nuggets needed a coach, and after some of the bigger names on the market dried up, Denver made a great hire in giving Brian Shaw his fist head-coaching gig. Shaw will likely bring in the same offensive upside of Karl, but with some more defense in mind.
With Shaw in place, the Nuggets then signed JJ Hickson to a three-year $15 million deal. Why they made this signing I don’t know, but with the exit of Masai Ujiri, we might be getting back to some bad signings in Denver, and this might be the first. Why would you sign Hickson, other than the fact that he is 24 and still could have some upside after his year in Portland? They already have Kenneth Faried, who is a monster on the glass and defense. However, they did need some frontcourt help. They also traded for Darrell Arthur from the Grizzlies for Kosta Koufus.
The Nuggets are +4000 to win the NBA Title this season, which is far from where they were at this time last season, where some saw them as a West contender. With Gallinari questionable to start the season, this team could be without a lot of offense to start the year. With only Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler as their next best offensive options, the Nuggets will be far from the team that averaged over 106 points per game a season ago.
The Nuggets are adequately priced, but the NBA pick we might need to take with the Nuggets to start next season is their team total ‘Under’. The Nuggets will have a difficult time scoring the ball until Gallo comes back.
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