Nuggets open season at Portland - tentatively

The NBA released the 2011-12 season today with the Denver Nuggets opening the season on Thursday Nov. 3 on the road in Portland, which will be nationally televised on TNT. However, considering that the League is currently shutdown due to the Lockout this schedule is very tentative.

The Nuggets home opener is set for Saturday, Nov. 5 when they host the Golden State Warriors and their new head coach Mark Jackson. Denver will have 14 nationally televised games (ESPN and TNT). 

  • ESPN will show the Nuggets trip to the Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 11.
  • Five days after that will be the much anticipated return of Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks to Denver and the Pepsi Center,  and no doubt ESPN will cover that. Mark your calender folks – Nov. 16.
  • The Nuggets host the Northwest Division champions Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 1, which will also be televised on TNT.
  • ESPN will show the Dec. 13 showdown between Denver and the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis.
  • On Dec. 22, Denver will host Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers, which will be shown on TNT.
  • The Heat’ lone trip to Denver will be shown on ESPN on Jan. 13.
  • ESPN will also show the Nuggets vs. Jazz game on Feb. 3 at the Pepsi Center.
  • Denver will play back-to-back nationally televised road games in February. ESPN will cover Denver at the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 15 and then the Nuggets in Oklahoma City on Feb. 19.
  • The San Antonio Spurs will be in Denver on Feb. 23, as will TNT.
  • The Nuggets will host the Trailblazers on Feb. 29, which will be shown on ESPN.
  • ESPN will also show the Nuggets return to the Alamo on March 4.
  • And the Nuggets final televised game will be on March 19, when they host the World Champion Mavericks.
The Nuggets will have three grueling road trips:
  • They head East in December on a five-game/seven-day road trip which begins in New Jersey and will include back-to-back games in Philadelphia and Milwaukee, as well as back-to-back games in Dallas and Memphis.
  • In January, the Nuggets will play nine of 15 games on the road, including a four-game road trip where Denver will face Washington, Boston, Cleveland and Atlanta.
  • Near the end of the season Denver will have a massive 8-game road trip, which is the longest in club history, that will go from late March to early April. The trip starts in Utah and ends in Charlotte, via games in Minnesota, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Orlando and Miami. Lets just say that is a lot of traveling and will be tough, especially having to face Chicago on the second day of a back-to-back and following that game up with a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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