Denver Nuggets Betting and Team Guide
This guide is designed to provide information related to the Denver Nuggets, from history and records to the current roster and all news related to the active NBA season. Naturally, we also follow the betting angle, so there will be odds, picks, and predictions based on the latest developments. These will help you make the best out of the Denver Nuggets betting options at your disposal.
Denver Nuggets Betting in 2019-20
Let’s take a closer look at the main Denver Nuggets betting odds for the 2019-20 season.
Latest Denver Nuggets Odds for 2019-20
Denver Nuggets to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+1600
Denver Nuggets to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+900
Denver Nuggets to Win the 2020 NBA Northwest Division+110
Denver Nuggets Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 55-58 wins
- Current Pick: Win the Northwest Division +110
- Last Updated: January 31st
I endorsed a bet on the Nuggets to win their division at -140 in early January. Denver has a one-game lead in the Northwest as the month comes to an end, yet one of the top NBA betting sites has them sitting at a juicy +110 to win the division.
Mike Malone’s group might not be at the same level that either of the Los Angeles teams is at, but don’t sleep on the Nuggets as a squad that could potentially be playing in the Western Conference Finals.
- Previous Denver Nuggets Predictions
- Prediction: 56-58 wins
- Pick: Win the Northwest Division -140
Nikola Jokic got off to a slow start in 2019, but he’s picked up his pace as we now shift to 2020. The 24-year-old Serbian baller needs to be at his best if the Nuggets plan on contending with the teams from Los Angeles.
Currently nursing a slim lead in their division over the Jazz, Denver is a team that should continue improving as the season wears on. I’m not in love with laying -140, but I do believe the Nuggets wind up on top of the Northwest standings.
- Prediction: Top 4 seed in the West
- Pick: To win the 2020 NBA Northwest Division +140
I really feel the Nuggets will be strong this season again and they should have more than 50 wins at the end. In fact, I believe they should be better than the Jazz and the price of +140 for the team to win the Northwest Division is too high to miss.
After an excellent 2018-2019 season, the young Nuggets roster could very well be one of the pleasant surprises in the Western Conference.
The experience these youngsters gathered last year should help them improve even further. On top of that, management decided to keep the group intact, re-signing Paul Millsap in free agency.
The Nuggets certainly have the potential to improve further, especially in the offseason. It’s probably a bit early to expect a championship from them, but reaching the Conference Finals is not out of the question.
Denver Nuggets News and Updates
January 31st, by Michael Wynn
The bad news is Jamal Murray is out indefinitely with what is apparently more than just a mild ankle sprain. The good news is Monte Morris is ready to step up, and Michael Porter Jr. is starting to show some signs of life.
The former lottery pick out of Missouri is averaging 14.9 points during his last eight games.
- Previous News and Updates
January 2nd, by Michael Wynn
I’m interested to see if Michael Malone will integrate Michael Porter Jr. into the rotation more regularly. Porter Jr. ended December playing double-digit minutes in three straight games, but he had played in a total of just 17 minutes combined in the three games prior.
Paul Millsap is dealing with an ailing left knee, so it’s possible that more minutes are in store for the kid who was the #1-ranked high-school player in America in 2017.
October 9th, by Jerry Summer
There are signs we will finally see Michael Porter Jr. in action, as he started in the first preseason game of the Nuggets. The team beat the Trailblazers, looking strong in the process. The scoring was spread among several different players.
One of the main questions is related to Nikola Jokic. The big man was rested and will be eased to the team, after his participation in the FIBA World Cup. I don’t think we will see much of him, before the regular season starts.
June 28th, by Jerry Summer
We’re about to enter free agency and, according to the latest rumors, the Denver Nuggets aren’t planning any big moves. Their main goal will be to re-sign Paul Millsap by offering him a long-term deal but a lower salary.
Even if he refuses, reports suggest the Nuggets will exercise the team option to get him for another season despite the high salary.
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The Denver Nuggets in 2019-20
Denver Nuggets Roster in 2019-20
Let’s take a look at the 2019-20 season’s Denver Nuggets roster.
- Jamal Murray – Guard
- Monte Morris – Guard
- Brandon Goodwin – Guard
- Andre Spight – Guard
- Gary Harris – Guard
- Torrey Craig – Guard
- Malik Beasley – Guard
- Will Barton – Guard
- Jerami Grant – Forward
- Vlatko Cancar – Forward
- Paul Millsap – Forward
- Michael Porter Jr. – Forward
- Juan Hernangomez – Forward
- Jarred Vanderbilt – Forward
- Tyler Cook – Forward
- Nikola Jokic – Center
- Mason Plumlee – Center
- Thomas Welsh – Center
- Bol Bol – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
The starting lineup for the Denver Nuggets shouldn’t change much compared to last season. Here are the players we expect to see most often.
- Jamal Murray – Point Guard
- Gary Harris – Shooting Guard
- Will Barton – Small Forward
- Paul Millsap – Power Forward
- Nikola Jokic – Center
The Nuggets’ backcourt duo will be Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. Last year, we saw that they were capable of producing around 30 points per game. Considering their age, the two should be even better in the 2019-20 season.
Murray and Harris are both decent playmakers. And they have Nikola Jokic who’s probably the best center in the history of the game, especially when it comes to creating for the rest of the team. The Serbian big is an absolute monster in offense, as he’s also a prolific scorer on efficient splits.
Will Barton and Paul Millsap also contribute a lot to the team. In fact, the Nuggets probably have the most balanced starting lineup in terms of scoring distribution. Every single one of their starters averaged more than 10 points per game last season, and there’s no reason to believe this will change.
The Nuggets lack premium defenders on the other end of the court, but most of the starters are above average, so the team should do fine.
Depth and Bench
We saw that the bench of the Denver Nuggets was more than decent last year. Guys like Monte Morris, Malik Beasley, Mason Plumlee, Torrey Craig, and Juan Hernangomez all received a lot of minutes and contributed to the success of the team.
They are all here once again, and it’s interesting to see what happens with Bol Bol and Michael Porter Jr. Both youngsters were among the top college players in the country before injuries hampered their development. The Nuggets decided to sign them anyway, and Porter Jr. should be back on the court this season.
Denver Nuggets Staff in 2019-20
Naturally, it’s not just about the players. Let’s take a look at the other key personnel of the Nuggets.
- Head Coach: Michael Malone
- Coaching Staff: Wes Unseld Jr. (Asst. Coach), Charles Klask (Asst. Coach), Mark Price (Asst. Coach), Jordi Fernandez (Asst. Coach), Bob Weiss (Asst. Coach), David Adelman (Asst. Coach), Ryan Bowen (Asst. Coach)
- Ownership: Ann Walton Kroenke
- General Manager: Artūras Karnišovas
Michael Malone has been the head coach of the Nuggets since 2015, and his leadership has been crucial for the development of the team’s young core. Last year, we saw just how good the Nuggets could be. This season may be their time to shine.
The head coach just needs to find a bit more consistency from his players, especially in the playoffs. If Malone manages that, the sky is the limit for this Denver team.
Denver Nuggets Schedule in 2019-20
The Denver Nuggets schedule for 2019-20 isn’t out yet, but we will publish it once it’s released by the NBA. Of course, we won’t just list the dates. We’ll explore interesting moments that might affect the team’s performance and offer some of our betting advice.
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Denver Nuggets Overview and Key Info
The Denver Nuggets first started out as the Denver Rockets, an ABA team, in 1967. With the 1976 ABA-NBA merger, they were renamed the Denver Nuggets. Today, they’re a member of the Northwest Division in the NBA Western Conference.
The Nuggets’ official records include both leagues. Denver won a combined 11 divisional titles, three in the ABA and eight in the NBA. However, neither the Rockets nor the Nuggets have ever won a championship or even a conference title.
Here are the key facts for the Denver Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets – Key Info
- 1967 (1976 in the NBA)
- Current Team Location
- In Denver, Colorado, since 1967
- Western Conference – Northwest
- Pepsi Center
- G League Team
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.125 billion
Denver Nuggets History
While the origin of the Denver Nuggets dates back to 1967, the team hasn’t always been known as the Nuggets nor has it been a part of the NBA that long.
American Basketball Association
The team was a charter franchise of the ABA (American Basketball Association) in 1967 and was supposed to be known as the Denver Larks, but the name was changed to Rockets before the first game. The Denver Rockets played for seven seasons from 1967-74 before switching their name to the Denver Nuggets. From 1974-76, the Nuggets remained with the ABA, playing at the Denver Auditorium Arena.
Their last season in the league (1976), the Nuggets made it to the ABA finals guided by head coach Larry Brown, but the 4-2 series loss to the Nets took them entirely out of contention for an ABA championship title. It was the last season of the ABA before the ABA-NBA merger. Starting in 1976, the Denver Nuggets became a part of the NBA.
On the Court
While the Nuggets have never won a championship or even a conference title, they did set a record in the early ‘80s. In 1981-82, the team scored at least 100 points in every game, setting a league scoring record for 126.5 points, the highest per-game average.
Nine Hall of Famers have played for the Denver Nuggets over the years. Spencer Haywood (1969-1970) was a member of the ABA’s Denver Rockets and was inducted in 2015. The first inductee, though, was Dan Issel (1975-1985). Issel became a Hall of Fame member in 1993.
Other honored players include David Thompson (1975-82), Alex English (1980-90), Šarūnas Marčiulionis (1996-97), Dikembe Mutombo (1991-96), Allen Iverson (2006-08), George McGinnis (1978-80), and Charlie Scott (1978-80). Three Nuggets coaches are also Hall of Fame inductees: John McLendon (1969), Alex Hannum (1971-74), and Larry Brown (1974-79).
The Nuggets organization has also honored six players by retiring their numbers.
Byron Beck’s was the first. His number 40 was retired in 1977. Dan Issel, Alex English, Fat Lever, David Thompson, and Dikembe Mutombo round out the list. Doug Moe, head coach from 1980-90, had number 432 retired in his honor.
Denver Nuggets Championships and Playoffs
- 0 NBA Championships:
- 0 Conference Titles:
- 8 Division Titles (NBA): 2019, 2010, 2009, 2006, 1988, 1985, 1978, 1977
- 3 Division Titles (ABA): 1976, 1975, 1970
Home Court – Pepsi Center
- Inaugurated: 1999
- Renovated: 2013 (scoreboard)
- Capacity: 19,520
- Former Names: n/a
Before 1999, the Denver Nuggets played at the McNichols Sports Arena, located next to Mile High Stadium. Both the ABA team and the NBA team had played at McNichols since 1975. However, the locker rooms fell below both NBA and NHL standards, and it offered no club seating and very few suites.
The Pepsi Center was unveiled in 1999, and McNichols was demolished and turned into an additional parking lot for Mile High Stadium.
Pepsi Center is not only the home of the Nuggets but NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, as it’s a multi-purpose arena. It’s owned and operated by Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, and when teams aren’t in town, it’s one of the premier concert venues in Denver.
- Venue Address: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204
- Mailing Address: Denver Nuggets, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204
- Phone: 303-405-1100
Denver Nuggets Head Coaches
Bob Bass was the first coach for the Denver franchise in its inaugural 1967-68 season in the ABA. Bass coached for two years with a winning record of 89-67 and 5 and 7 in the playoffs.
Larry Brown (1974-1979) was a crossover coach with the Nuggets in the ABA and then the NBA. He led the Nuggets to the ABA Finals in their last season in the league, but Denver ultimately lost to the Nets and never claimed an ABA championship. Brown is a Hall of Famer and recorded a 251-134 win-loss in his five combined-league seasons.
Coaches of the Year
Two Denver coaches have been awarded the NBA Coach of the Year title. The first was Doug Moe (1980-90) for the 1987-88 season. The second was George Karl (2004-2013), who was recognized in 2012-13.
Doug Moe coached more games than any other Denver coach to date with 789 regular-season (.548) and 61 post-season (.393) games. Of the 22 coaches that spent at least a year in the position, Larry Brown earned the highest winning percentage with .652.
|Last 10 Denver Nuggets Head Coaches|
|22||2015 –||Michael Malone||173-155||.527||7-7||0.500||–|
*Dan Issel also held the position from 1992-1995 with a 96-102 record and 6-6 in the playoffs.
The 22nd and current coach, Michael Malone, began his career in 1993, and his first NBA job was with the New York Knicks as an assistant coach from 2001 to 2005. Malone assistant-coached for the Cavaliers, Hornets, and Warriors before stepping up into the lead position with the Sacramento Kings in 2013-14.
He was appointed as a head coach in Denver in 2015. In 2019, he led the team to a first playoff appearance since 2013.
Denver Nuggets Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19||Michael Malone||1st||58-24||.659||7-7||Nikola Jokic (20.1)|
|2017-18||Michael Malone||5th||46-36||.561||–||Nikola Jokic (18.5)|
|2016-17||Michael Malone||4th||40-42||.488||–||Danilo Gallinari (18.2)|
|2015-16||Michael Malone||4th||33-49||.402||–||Danilo Gallinari (19.5)|
|2014-15||Brian Shaw||4th||30-52||.366||–||Ty Lawson (15.2)|
Denver Nuggets All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game||Alex English||25.86||1979-1990|
Alex English dominates the Nuggets’ all-time career leaderboard. But Denver wasn’t his first team. English was selected out of the University of North Carolina as the Milwaukee Bucks’ second-round pick in the 1976 NBA draft. The small forward played in Milwaukee for two seasons and then signed with the Indiana Pacers in 1977.
After two seasons, he was traded to the Nuggets in 1980 and made the All-Star team eight of the ten years he played in Denver (1982-1989). English was the NBA scoring champion in 1983 and holds both the all-time scoring record for the Denver franchise with 21,645 as well as the average points per game (25.86).
Alex is also the Nuggets current career leader with 3,679 assists. English also received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1988. He retired from the NBA after the 1990-91 season with the Dallas Mavericks. Not only is Alex English a member of the College and Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame, but he was also honored by the Nuggets who retired his #2 jersey.
Dan Issel is not only the Nuggets’ all-time rebounds leader with 5,707 but also coached for the Nuggets from 1992-94 and again from 1999-2001. Issel was Consensus First-Team All-American in 1970 at the University of Kentucky. He was selected by the Pistons in the eighth round of the 1970 NBA draft but opted to play for the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association (ABA). He was traded in 1975 to the Baltimore Claws, but the team folded.
Issel subsequently ended up in Denver for ten seasons from 1975-85. The 1971 ABA Rookie of the Year became a six-time ABA All-Star and NBA All-Star in 1977. He won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1985, the same year he retired as a player. The center/power forward also holds the second-place scoring position for the Denver franchise with 14,659 points. His #44 was retired by the Denver Nuggets, and he has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Alex English’s domination of the Nuggets’ all-time career leaders leaves little room for other top players. But Allen Iverson deserves mention for coming in second to English with average points per game with 25.64.
Iverson, who played for Georgetown, was the first overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. After ten seasons in Philadelphia, he was traded to Denver for the 2006-08 seasons. He picked up two of his 11 All-Star nominations those years as well as was named All-NBA Third Team in ’06. Iverson is a four-time NBA scoring champion, three times steals leader, and 2001’s MVP for the league. He’s represented the US on two gold medal teams and one bronze. The point guard/shooting guard is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, inducted in 2016.
Denver Nuggets Trivia
The Denver Nuggets are one of seven teams that have never made it to the NBA Finals. The other six are the Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, and Toronto Raptors.
Dan Issel, the Nuggets all-time career leader in rebounds with 5,707, had two stints as head coach of the Nuggets. The first was from 1992-95 with a .485 winning percentage and 12 playoff games. The second was 1999-2001 with a .442 and no post-season action.
In 2013, the Nuggets had their best season with a 57-25 record (.695). But just five years earlier, they recorded their worst all-time season, ending at 11-71 (.134).
SuperMascot Rocky is one of the most recognized mascots in the NBA and made his debut in 1990 standing 5’10” tall with a 3-foot-long tail.
In 1983, the Nuggets lost to the Pistons in a record-high, triple-overtime game that ended with a 186-184 final score at the McNichols Arena.