This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
Week 13 Schedule Considerations
The holidays are over, and with it the bowl schedule, and in its stead is a slew of NBA games, with 16 teams playing four times and the Denver Nuggets playing five games. For the Nuggets, the timing works out well in terms of getting their injured players back, a factor we'll delve into deeper after giving you the full listing of games.
Five Games: DEN
Four Games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, LAL, MIL, NYK, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
Three Games: BKN, CHA, CHI, GSW, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, PHO, TOR
We mentioned a couple of weeks ago how light the Nuggets' schedule was in December, as they had just one four-game week in a six-week stretch from Week 7 to Week 12, and two-game weeks twice in that same span. With all of their injuries, the timing worked out well, and they were able to weather the storm and currently sit in first place in the Western Conference with a 26-11 record. They've played fewer games than anyone in the West, tied with the Heat and Pistons overall.
The good news for the Nuggets is that they once again have the services of Gary Harris and Paul Millsap after extended absences for both. Their respective returns have cut the minutes for Juancho Hernangomez, Monte Morris and Trey Lyles. Even in a five-game week, it's hard to start these three so long as everyone is back.