When the 2019-20 NBA regular-season resumes on July 31, the Denver Nuggets will be in third place in the Western Conference and first place in the Northwest division. Denver through 65 games played is 43-22 and seven games behind the first place Los Angeles Lakers in the West and leads the Northwest division by 1 ½ games over the Utah Jazz. At home this season, Denver is 25-8, while 18-14 on the road. Leading up to the suspension of the season for Coronavirus, the Nuggets were 5-5 over their last 10 games played.
Nicola Jokic is leading Denver in scoring, rebounding and assists with averages of 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. The second leading scorer for Denver is Jamal Murray with an average of 18.8 points per game and Murray is second in assists as well with an average of 4.8 per game. Denver has six players averaging double-figures in scoring.
When the season was suspended, Denver was the only team in the NBA that was on pace to win the same number of games it did a season ago, which was 54. The Nuggets have much of the same roster this season as they did last and only 5% of the overall minutes for the team have been played by 2nd year players or rookies. Nicola Jokic has once again paced the Nuggets this season as the Serbian is the team leader in points scored, rebounds and assists. The Nuggets also have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA with 10 players who played regularly that returned from the previous season.
While the Nuggets defense is able to contain opponents most of the time, the offense at times has a hard time outscoring its opponents and that could come up big during the postseason. Denver will remain close for most games during the regular season and postseason but defense becomes extra important in the playoffs and the Nuggets could find it difficult to score. Denver has also had a problem turning the ball over and that could be detrimental to a below-average offense during the postseason.
The Denver Nuggets will maintain their lead in the Northwest Division and win that division and reach the playoffs as the third or fourth seed in the Western Conference. However, Denver's lack of an elite level offense will be their downfall in the postseason and the Nuggets will be upset and knocked out of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.