Are The Nuggets Among Most Hated Teams In NBA?

Are The Nuggets Among Most Hated Teams In NBA?
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After a half-century of playoff futility, the Denver Nuggets finally shattered the team’s championship glass ceiling this summer, capturing the franchise’s first NBA title and bringing joy to Colorado sports betting customers.

It seems like that newfound success has garnered the Nuggets a fair amount of vitriol from other fanbases, as Denver suddenly finds itself among the league’s most hated teams.

As we are in the lull of the NBA offseason and waiting on the preseason to arrive, we were interested in who currently are the most hated NBA teams. Using Reddit data from user RemyPLambert, found the primary and secondary rival of each NBA team with a sample size of 1,000 respondents. If a team was mentioned as a primary rival, that was 10 points. If a team was mentioned as secondary rival, that was five points. We then used the final points to rank the most hated NBA teams.

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Most Hated NBA Teams Right Now

RankTeamTeams Naming As Primary RivalTeams Naming As Secondary RivalFinal Points
1Boston Celtics6 teams (60 points)3 teams (15 points)75
2Los Angeles Lakers4 teams (40 points)2 teams (10 points)50
T-3Memphis Grizzlies2 teams (20 points)1 team (5 points)25
T-3Miami Heat2 teams (20 points)1 team (5 points)25
T-3New York Knicks2 teams (20 points)1 team (5 points)25
T-6Golden State Warriors2 teams (20 points)0 teams (0 points)20
T-6Denver Nuggets2 teams (20 points)0 teams (0 points)20

Colorado betting apps list Boston and Denver as co-NBA championship favorites at +475.

Nuggets Rank Among Most Hated Teams In NBA In 2023

Denver ranks alongside Boston, the L.A. Lakers, Miami and Golden State — at least when it comes to the hatred of other fans. The Nuggets were listed as the primary rival of two fanbases, in Portland and Utah, scoring them 20 points. That point total put Denver in a tie for sixth, alongside the Golden State Warriors, when it came to leaguewide hate standards.

Golden State is tied for sixth at BetMGM Colorado in NBA championship odds at +1400. When it comes to hate, the Nuggets fell well behind league leaders like Boston (75 points) and the Lakers (50 points) — L.A. is tied with the Warriors in NBA title odds. The only team that made the rivals list to never win a title was Memphis, while the Nuggets were the only other franchise to win fewer than two championships overall.  



Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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