Five Denver Nuggets home games to watch in 2014-15
Season-opener among some of the must-see nights at Pepsi Center
As Labor Day weekend approaches, it’s a reminder that NBA training camps aren’t far behind.
The Denver Nuggets will report to Pepsi Center at the end of September, with their first regular-season game set for Oct. 29.
The Nuggets have taken advantage of the altitude through the years, and currently have a streak of 11 straight winning seasons at Pepsi Center. Here is a quick look at five of the top home games for the Nuggets in 2014-15:
Oct. 29 vs. Detroit
No matter the night of the week, no matter the opponent, the season-opener is always a can’t-miss event. It also could mark the return of Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery. Denver has won five straight home games against the Pistons.
Nov. 7 vs. Cleveland
After missing the playoffs in each of the past four years, the Cavaliers instantly became favorites to the Eastern Conference with the return of LeBron James and the addition of Kevin Love. The two join All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving as part of a trio that is sure to draw standing-room-only crowds across the country.
Dec. 19 vs. L.A. Clippers
With Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee running the floor, the Nuggets are one of the few teams that can match L.A.’s duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan lob-for-lob. It’s always fun when these two teams meet, and it will be no different as Denver point guard Ty Lawson squares off against Chris Paul.
Feb. 9 vs. Oklahoma City
Led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have won four straight Northwest Division titles. The Nuggets won the two before that, creating a rivalry that rarely disappoints. Already considered a nemesis in Denver, Westbrook added fuel to the fire when he swatted away SuperMascot Rocky’s half-court shot in 2013.
March 7 vs. Houston
Denver opens a four-game homestand against Dwight Howard and the Rockets, followed by matchups against the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors. Houston, Atlanta and Golden State all made the playoffs last season, while the Knicks are trying to regroup under first-year coach Derek Fisher. Fisher and Nuggets coach Brian Shaw were teammates when the Los Angeles Lakers won three straight NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002.