Denver Nuggets First Round Playoff Schedule 2023 (Times, Dates and TV Channel for Opening Series)
By Larry Rupp
The Denver Nuggets are headed back to the NBA Playoffs for the fifth straight season following a dominant 2022-23 regular season. Head coach Michael Malone's team has its sights set on capturing the franchise's first Larry O'Brien Trophy, but up first in an opening round series against a No. 8 seed.
Here's everything you need to know about the Nuggets' first round series.
What Seed Are the Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Playoffs?
The Nuggets ended the regular season with a 53-29 record, which was good enough to finish No. 1 in the Western Conference. As is tradition, the 1-seed faces the 8-seed in the first round of the playoffs. The 8-seed could end up being one of two NBA teams; the New Orleans Pelicans or Oklahoma City Thunder.
The No. 8 seed will be determined via the NBA's Play-In Tournament. The loser of the Lakers-Timberwolves matchup will take on the winner of the Pelicans-Thunder showdown. The victor in that game will earn the final playoff spot in the West and a date with the Nuggets in the opening round.
Who Are the Nuggets Playing in the 2023 Playoffs?
As the 1-seed, the Nuggets will play the to-be-determined 8-seed in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. This will be a typical best-of-seven series that follows the 2-2-1-1-1 format. That means the better seed (Denver) will host Games 1 and 2, plus Games 5 and 7 if those are necessary. The worse seed (New Orleans or OKC) hosts Games 3 and 4, plus Game 6 if that is necessary.
Looking ahead, if the Nuggets win this series and advance, they would face either the 4-seed Phoenix Suns or the 5-seed Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals, as the NBA playoff matchups do not re-seed in each round.
Nuggets First Round Playoffs Schedule 2023
The Nuggets' first round playoff schedule is not fully set yet. We'll update this space once Denver's full series information is available.
Sunday, April 16 (10:30 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, April 19 (10 p.m. ET)
Friday, April 21 (9:30 p.m. ET)
Sunday, April 23 (9:30 p.m. ET)
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6* (if necessary)
7* (if necessary)
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