The Denver Nuggets were at home last week for the Dallas Mavericks, in Philly and New York over the weekend to face the 76ers and the Knicks.
Last Thursday, the Nuggets hosted the Dallas Mavericks at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets outscored Dallas 52-43, but the Mavericks fought back in the second half scoring 33 points in both the third and fourth quarters sending the game into overtime (OT). The Nuggets were out hustled and outscored 15-8 in overtime losing to Dallas 124-117.
The Nuggets then traveled to Philly to face the 76ers on Saturday night. The Nuggets outscored Philly 93-72 through three quarters and despite the 76ers 31-22 fourth quarter performance, it wasn’t enough, falling to the Nuggets 115-103.
Denver headed to New York on Sunday to face the Knicks. New York, coming off a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night was looking to close out a three-game home stand with a win over the Nuggets. Denver wasn’t having it, beating the Knicks in nearly every quarter, outscoring New York 31-17 in the second. The Nuggets lead was too much for the Knicks to recover from with the Nuggets beating New York, 114-89.
The Nuggets are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn Tuesday night and had not played by the time of this writing. The Nuggets return home this Thursday to host a fire-hot. Stephan Curry-led, Golden State Warriors, with hopes of putting them on ice before the Utah Jazz are in Denver Saturday night. The Nuggets lost to the Golden State Warriors in the preseason 107-105.
In other sports, some upsets occurred over the weekend with the (6) Los Angeles (L.A.) Rams beating the (3) Seattle Seahawks, and the (6) Cleveland Browns beating the (3) Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland jumped out to a 28-0 lead in just the first quarter; however, Pittsburgh closed that lead by the fourth quarter eventually losing 37-48.
Next Saturday, NFL fans get a dose of the 2021 NFL Divisional Round, with the L.A. Rams heading to Green Bay to take on Aaron Rogers and the Packers. The Baltimore Ravens head to Buffalo to face the Bills that evening. Sunday we get the Cleveland Browns vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, and later that evening we will see Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the History Channel Bowl.
In Denver, John Elway has indicated that he will now be taking an elevated role with the Broncos and the organization will be seeking a new General Manager (GM). The Broncos have narrowed their search down to the Minnesota Vikings assistant GM, George Paton, and Terry Fontenot the assistant GM with the New Orleans Saints. Both candidates are also strong contenders for top postions in Detroit and Atlanta.
Denver will likely have a decision before week’s end while an online poll of Bronco’s fans showed a larger majority would like to see Fontenot become Denver’s next GM.
Since the Broncos failed to make the playoffs here are my predictions for next week’s game without the ire of local fans. Here are my picks: Green Bay Packers 28 – Los Angeles Rams 16; Buffalo Bills 21 – Baltimore Raven 19; Kansas City Chiefs 35 – Cleveland Browns 17; New Orleans Saints 34 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32.