Denver Nuggets picked to finish first in Western Conference according to ESPN and CBS Sports

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Despite all of the significant changes and additions that other Western Conference playoff teams made over the offseason, both ESPN and CBS Sports expect the Denver Nuggets to win the conference in the 2019-20 regular season.

ESPN polled their panel of basketball experts to decide each team’s record and their placement in their respective conference. Denver was tabbed to finish 54-28 and atop the Western Conference. The prediction was explained by stressing that “continuity wins in the West, as the Nuggets retained their core while adding a nice piece in Jerami Grant.”

To read the full list of team records and predictions from ESPN, click here.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports provided an even more optimistic viewpoint on the Nuggets heading into the 2019-20 season. Denver was picked to win 58 games according to Brad Botkin of CBS Sports, which would mark the team’s best regular season record since the 1975-76 season.

Here’s Botkin’s reasoning for the prediction:

“They bring everyone of consequence back, and add Jerami Grant, who makes them even deeper and more athletic defensively. They have a superstar in Nikola Jokić and a certified bucket-getter in Jamal Murray. Continuity matters. Most of this team has been together for three years, a lifetime in today's NBA. Also, Denver is young. No worrying about load management. The Nuggets have arguably the best home-court advantage in the league and were great on back-to-backs last year. All of this adds up to a lot of regular-season wins.”

To read the rest of the NBA predictions from CBS Sports, click here.