How Have Defending NBA Champ Nuggets Fared in October?

How Have Defending NBA Champ Nuggets Fared in October?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

It’s been several months since Denver capped off the franchise’s first NBA title, which means it’s time for Nikola Jokic and company to try and repeat as champs.

Before the Nuggets kick off the 2023-24 regular season at Ball Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 24, broke down how the franchise has fared during the opening month of the NBA regular season to aid your betting at Colorado sportsbooks.

While the first month of the NBA season may be short, it is an important few games to get off to a hot start. We utilized to find the records of every NBA team in October since 2017-2018. No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season. 

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NBA Team Records in October Since 2017-18

RankTeamRecordWin Pct.
1 Milwaukee Bucks 22-9.710
T-2 Toronto Raptors 23-10.697
T-2 Utah Jazz 23-10.697
4 Golden State Warriors 22-12.647
5 Portland Trail Blazers 20-11.645
T-6 Boston Celtics 19-11.633
T-6 San Antonio Spurs 19-11.633
8 Denver Nuggets 20-12.625
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 18-13.581
10 Philadelphia 76ers 19-14.576
11 Memphis Grizzlies 17-13.567
12 Charlotte Hornets 18-16.529
T-13 Los Angeles Clippers 16-15.516
T-13 Miami Heat 16-15.516
15 Phoenix Suns 14-16.467
T-16 Cleveland Cavaliers 14-17.452
T-16 New York Knicks 14-17.452
18 Los Angeles Lakers 14-18.438
19 Washington Wizards 13-17.433
T-20 Detroit Pistons 14-20.412
T-20 Indiana Pacers 14-20.412
T-22 Dallas Mavericks 13-19.406
T-22 New Orleans Pelicans 13-19.406
24 Chicago Bulls 12-19.387
25 Brooklyn Nets 13-21.382
26 Atlanta Hawks 12-20.375
27 Oklahoma City Thunder 11-19.367
T-28 Houston Rockets 11-21.344
T-28 Orlando Magic 11-21.344
T-28 Sacramento Kings 11-21.344

Colorado betting apps list Boston and Milwaukee with the best NBA championship odds at +400. The Nuggets are third at +550.

Nuggets Among Best in October

The Nuggets have gone 20-12 (.625) in October over the last half-decade, which is good enough to land Denver the eighth-best record in the 30-team association during that timeframe. Overall, the Michael Malone-coached team ranks behind Boston and San Antonio, which are tied for seventh at 19-11 (.633) and ahead of Minnesota, which ranks ninth at 18-13 (.581). The league’s October standard-bearer is Milwaukee, which has gone 22-9 (.710), while the cellar dwellers are Houston, Orlando and Sacramento, with dueling 11-21 (.344) records.

Denver opens the season with home games against the L.A. Lakers (Oct. 24) and Utah (Oct. 30) interspersed with road games against Memphis (Oct. 27) and Oklahoma City (Oct. 29). Oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook Colorado list the Nuggets as a five-point favorite over the Lakers with a -205 moneyline.



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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