Even though they're coming off making the Western Conference Finals last season, some people still believe that the Denver Nuggets aren't true contenders. That doesn't make sense, considering they've put together back-to-back deep playoff runs.
The Nuggets have one of the most interesting cores in the NBA. With Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, and Michael Porter Jr at the helm, they seem like they're just another piece away from being a top-3 team in the league.
And, while they got off to a slow start to the season and some injuries and a bout with Covid-19 held them back, they're finally going back to what they were in the bubble, which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.
The Denver Nuggets are almost a lock to make the playoffs (-950 odds) but aren't still considered a favorite to win the NBA title. According to FanDuel, they have odds of +3000 at this moment.
Denver Nuggets Break The Record For The Fewest Turnovers In A Game
Nonetheless, people shouldn't sleep on them considering how many talented players they have, the homecourt advantage of playing in Denver's height, and the way they play as a unit with that team-first kind of mentality.
The Nuggets' team effort was in full display last night when they faced off vs. Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers, as they broke the record for the fewest turnovers in a game with just one.
That's remarkable, considering the Nuggets average 12.6 turnovers per game, and it's not a record that's likely to be topped, especially with the fast-paced offenses we're seeing in the league nowadays.
It's still early to tell but it seems like the Nuggets have turned things around, so the rest of the Western Conference better watch out. They're not the kind of team in a seven-game series.