A new era has begun for the Denver Nuggets, as Michael Malone enters the 2015-16 campaign as the team’s new head coach, while first-round draft pick Emmanuel Mudiay is slated to be a big part of Denver’s future at point guard. With the upcoming NBA schedule recently released, the Nuggets can now look ahead and see how this upcoming season could potentially take shape.
When the first ball tips off, the Nuggets will already have one thing to hang their hat on, as they’re only in the middle of the pack when it comes to traveling for 2015-16. Per NBAsavant.com, the Nuggets rank in the middle of the league with just 42,938 expected miles to be traveled for the new year, which ends up being a staggering 11,000-plus less than the league leader – the defending champion Golden State Warriors. There is no direct correlation with miles traveled and success, but a young Denver team looking to rebuild will probably take what they can get.
Denver fans are likely operating under the same assumption when it comes to the price of Nuggets tickets this year, as Denver’s average ticket price ($211.40) seems a bit high. The value may be found in the new regime and a new star point guard, however, while the team appears to have the tools on paper to continue to run an exciting offense that churns out a lot of points on a nightly basis. Let’s take a closer look at what Nuggets fans are in for when Denver opens for business at the Pepsi Center, as well as what kind of value can be expected around Christmas:
10/30/2015 VS. Minnesota Timberwolves at Pepsi Center | Avg: $285.27 | Get-in: $26
The price tag for this date with the Minnesota Timberwolves seems steep at first glance, but this is Denver’s home opener and just their second contest of the year. Minnesota brings solid value, too, as they have plenty of exciting young talent, but also present the Nuggets with a winnable matchup. With Denver likely starting off 0-1 (they face the Rockets in Houston to start the season), this is a nice home game to hopefully help them get back to .500. Minnesota also provides this game with dunk-a-thon potential thanks to the high-flying Zach Lavine and Andrew Wiggins, while top rookie big man Karl-Anthony Towns also packs a nice punch in terms of star power. Additionally, the Wolves also have the very flashy Ricky Rubio to deal his usual exciting assists.
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12/26/2015 @ San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center | Avg: $227.27 | Get-in: $33
Denver fans get a little more value for this road date with the Spurs, as Nuggets tickets only climb up about $16 for this clash with Tim Duncan and Co. the day after Christmas. This one might be a tad pricey with it being on the road in San Antonio, while the Spurs in general are one of the better teams in the league. This, unfortunately, is not a favorable matchup for the Nuggets no matter how you look at it, but any Denver fans making the trip won’t be disappointed thanks to the major star power provided by Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Duncan.