Five games to attend as we look ahead to the Denver Nuggets' 2017-18 schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 21: Sacramento Kings at Nuggets (7 p.m., Altitude TV)
Denver’s home opener features the kind of middling, young opponent the Nuggets must beat in order to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Plus, Michael Malone still gets feisty when the subject turns to the franchise that fired him.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Golden State Warriors at Nuggets (7 p.m., Altitude TV)
Here’s a decent barometer for success: the Nuggets will be back on the map when fans buy tickets to see the home team, not the visitors (even the world champs). Just four years ago the Nuggets were 38-3 at home and the best show in Denver this side of Peyton Manning.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: San Antonio Spurs at Nuggets (8:30 p.m., TNT)
We’ll leave out the part where Spurs rookie Derrick White should be playing for the Nuggets. (Oops, couldn’t resist.) At least the ex-UCCS superstar scores two trips to Colorado — sandwiched around the All-Star break. The Spurs return to Pepsi Center on Feb. 23.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Houston Rockets at Nuggets (6 p.m., Altitude TV)
Care to dream? Carmelo Anthony joins James Harden and Chris Paul to combat the superteams in Cleveland and Golden State, Houston snags the No. 3 seed, Denver the 6 seed, and Melo returns to Colorado for a playoff series against the Nuggets. Entertainment value: high.
Wednesday, March 7: Cleveland Cavaliers at Nuggets (8:30 p.m., TNT)
Notice a (TV) trend? The Nuggets landed nine games on national TV — 15, if you count NBATV — triple their number from last season. Shoutout to the executives who know a potential superstar when they see one. Can Nikola Jokic make it two straight wins against King James?