The Denver Nuggets tip off their 2017-18 home opener against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
When: Saturday October 21st, 7 PM
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
TV/Radio: Altitude Sports Network, Altitude AM 950
Basketball returns to the 5280 as the Nuggets look to pick up their first win of the season after a second half meltdown against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night (106-96). Denver will look to regain the composure that they showed on offense in the first half against Utah. Only this time, they’ll hope to maintain it all game long.
While the game is sure to be entertaining, halftime will hold plenty of entertainment itself. The Nuggets will be holding a “Legends Night” tonight. To help celebrate 50 years of Mile High Basketball, the team will welcome back all five Nuggets to have had their jerseys retired prior to the season’s start: Dan Issel, Alex English, David Thompson, Bryon Beck and Dikembe Mutombo.
Additionally, the Nuggets will honor their winningest ever coach in Doug Moe (432 wins). The Nuggets have made huge efforts in the past few years in trying to bridge the gap between young fans and those die hards of the 80’s. This event follows the retiring of Fat Lever’s jersey and is one of many to come in this celebratory season.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) October 21, 2017
What to watch for
In the second half against Utah, the Jazz dialed up the pressure on Denver’s young guards. While Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t commit a turnover, Jamal Murray posted a TOV % (turnovers per 100 possessions) of 30%.
One of the biggest concerns for this Nuggets team is the ability of the young guards to handle pressure. With the release of Jameer Nelson, the Nuggets will be forced to take some lumps early on while Murray and Mudiay grow and become more efficient.
George Hill, once a target of Denver’s, moved on from Utah to Sacramento in the offseason. Expect the seasoned and defensively able Hill to harass the Nugget guards all night.
Jazz Net Ratings by quarter against the Nuggets
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) October 19, 2017
The Nuggets will also look to get Nikola Jokic going early on. Jokic posted a Ortg (Offensive rating per 100 possessions) of 79 in the opener, well below his 126 average for the 2016-17 season.
Look for Jokic to have a monster game and the Nuggets to rebound into their offensive form that made them the 4th best team in terms of Ortg in the 2016-17 season. Stay tuned to Dig In Denver for all your postgame coverage.