Nuggets announce 2011-12 regular-season schedule

Denver opens Dec. 26 at Dallas; first home game Dec. 28 against Utah

DENVER, Dec. 6, 2011 – The Denver Nuggets will begin their quest for a ninth straight postseason appearance against the defending NBA champion Mavericks on Monday Dec. 26 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Nuggets, one of only three teams to make the playoffs in each of the past eight seasons, will play their home opener at Pepsi Center on Wednesday Dec. 28 against Northwest Division-rival Utah.

“It will be great to welcome our fans back to Pepsi Center,” Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke said. “We had a great finish to last season, and our entire team is looking forward to building on that momentum.”

Led by coach George Karl and rising young players Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson, the Nuggets went 18-7 to close the 2010-11 season. Denver also has won at least 50 games in each of the past four seasons.

In addition to hosting the Nuggets in Dallas on Dec. 26 and Feb. 15, the defending champs will visit Pepsi Center Feb. 8 and March 19. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers play in Denver on New Year’s Day and Feb. 3. Lebron James and the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat make their lone appearance at Pepsi Center on Friday Jan. 13.

The Nuggets will face the New York Knicks and former Denver forward Carmelo Anthony on Jan. 21 at Madison Square Garden.


Because of the shortened 66-game schedule, the Nuggets will play six Western Conference teams – the Clippers, Lakers, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Minnesota – four times each and the other eight West opponents three times. Denver will play Milwaukee, Orlando and Toronto twice and the remaining Eastern Conference teams once.

Other highlights of the schedule include a franchise-record nine-game homestand from March 5-21 and a season-long seven-game road trip from March 23-April 4. In addition to playing on back-to-back nights 14 times, the Nuggets will play three games in three days twice (Dec. 31-Jan. 2, at LAL, vs. LAL and MLW; and Feb. 2-4, at LAC, vs. LAL and at POR).

At least 64 of Denver’s 66 games will be televised live by Altitude Sports & Entertainment. The Nuggets also will be featured nationally 14 times – seven on ESPN, five on NBA TV and two on TNT.

Season tickets and a 10 Game Fan Plan anchored by the Lakers (Jan. 1) and Heat (Jan. 13) are on sale now. Call 303-287-DUNK or visit for information on pricing and the benefits of being a season ticket holder.

As a special thank you to NBA fans, all ticketing fees will be waived from 10 a.m. to midnight when single-game tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday Dec. 13.