Are Nuggets Dark Horses For NBA Title?

Denver is not a fashionable part of the USA when it comes to the NBA and, as far as sports in the area goes, things are dominated by the Denver Broncos. However, hot on their heels, the Denver Nuggets are making great strides in the NBA and this coming season they could take an even bigger one as they look to land a championship.

The Nuggets are operating at the kind of level that everyone else aspires to. The NBA has seen large numbers of players move this summer alone, let alone for the past few years, but the Nuggets have rarely got involved in all of that. Instead, they have trusted in their system to bring in and improve players, sticking with the same core and watching them grow together, something they have done again this season, and something that makes a few fancy them as potential dark horses.

The latest NBA betting has the Nuggets at +1700 to lift the end of season title, with just seven teams ahead of them in the outright betting market. Those odds are based on what we saw from them last season, particularly in the postseason, where they seemed to take their game to a new level.

They were minutes away from making the Western Conference Finals, and it was star man Nikola Jokic who took the blame for that. This year, Denver comes back with their best 10 players all staying with the team and with a couple of additions on top. Not only do they look stronger on paper, but you also have to factor in the togetherness of this team, something that is rare around the league, but something Denver can use to their advantage.

A good number of the players on this roster suffered the heartbreak of that Game 7 loss last season, and they will be itching to bounce back and show people they are capable of going to the next level. Those players will be a year older and, due to the experience they shared together, they will have an added toughness about themselves going into the new campaign. They will remember the hurt, and they won't want it back for a second time.

This has been a summer of change around the entire NBA, but the one to grab the headlines was the move of both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to the L.A. Clippers, something that has instantly moved them to the front of the pack in terms of who will win the championship this season. Elsewhere around the league, some will get better as a result of their changes, but some will inevitably get worse because of them, and these are the teams that are going to really struggle to keep up with the Nuggets.

Expect to see no transitional period in Denver as the new players bed in; expect no miscommunication as players get to know each other; all of that counts for a lot. One thing you can expect on top of all this is that the Nuggets will challenge next season, and they look like potential dark horses for the NBA title.

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