In an NBA Western Conference race that feels more competitive than it has in years, the Denver Nuggets made a number of aggressive moves at the trade deadline, the biggest of which was acquiring Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic. It’s obviously still too soon to determine their overall success, but at the very least, Gordon looks very comfortable in Denver’s pick-and-roll-heavy offense, propelling the team to a 4-0 record since putting on their jersey.
Their recent success has fans hoping the Nuggets could go advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history. They put up 44 points in the first quarter of a win over a quality 76ers team on Tuesday, then controlled the game against a sizzling Clippers squad on Thursday. Last night against a Magic team hungry for revenge, Denver was in a 18-point hole at halftime, only to surge to a 10-point win. While the Nuggets have an arsenal of weapons on offense, the secret thus far has been their stifling effort on the defensive side of the floor.
Ironically, the addition of Gordon has caused Nikola Jokic’s numbers to dip, but after collecting his second Western Conference Player of the Month award in March, the Joker is still the favorite to win the MVP. Last night’s 17-point, 16-assist night could be a preview of his statline moving forward, with Jokic's scoring numbers dropping as he tallies more assists. Even if this trend holds up, Jokic deserves the hardware, as his court vision and ability to facilitate Denver's high-scoring offense is virtually unprecedented for a center in the modern NBA.
You can catch the Nuggets on NBA TV this coming Sunday, April 11, when they take on the Boston Celtics. Check out this week's full NBA national TV schedule below. To get the most NBA basketball on Sling, subscribe to Orange + Blue with Sports Extras using the link at the bottom of this page.
National TV games April 5-April 11
|Monday, April 5|
|7:00 PM||Knicks at Nets||NBA TV >|
Tuesday, April 6
|7:30 PM||76ers at Celtics||TNT >|
|10:00 PM||Bucks at Warriors||TNT >|
Wednesday, April 7
|7:30 PM||Pelicans at Nets||ESPN >|
|10:00 PM||Jazz at Suns||ESPN >|
Thursday, April 8
|7:30 PM||Lakers at Heat||TNT >|
|10:00 PM||Suns at Clippers||TNT >|
Friday, April 9
|7:30 PM|| Grizzlies at Knicks
||NBA TV >|
|10:00 PM||Wizards at Warriors||NBA TV >|
|Saturday, April 10|
|8:30 PM||Lakers at Nets||ESPN3 >|
Sunday, April 11
|3:00 PM||Celtics at Nuggets||NBA TV >|
|10:00 PM||Heat at Trail Blazers||NBA TV >|
*All games subject to blackout
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