The road-weary Denver Nuggets are finally getting ready to taste some home cooking, and plenty of it.
The Nuggets (16-14) have played 20 of their first 30 games on the road, and have back-to-back road games at the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies to close the month of December.
So far in the 2012-13 season, there has been a significant contrast in the Nuggets’ record at home and on the road. Away from the friendly confines of the Pepsi Center, the Nuggets are just 7-13, while posting a sparkling 9-1 record at home.
The home-road split is not that unusual for recent Nuggets teams. In the past five seasons, Denver has won more that 50 percent of their road games only twice, with one of those being last season when they went 18-15 while playing eight fewer road games, due to the NBA lockout. The only other time it happened was in 2008-09, when they went 21-20 on the road and tied a franchise-best with an overall record of 54-28.
Out of the other three seasons, the Nuggets’ best winning percentage was 46 percent, although they won at least 50 games and made the playoffs each time.
At 7-13, the Nuggets have won 35 percent of their road games, which projects out to a season total of 14-27. On the contrary, they have a 90 percent home winning percentage, which equates to an impressive 37-4 record in Denver.
That leaves the Nuggets with an overall total of 51-31, which is one game less than the average record of the previous four full seasons played.
To begin the new year, the Nuggets play 15 of 18 games at home, before another tough stretch where they play seven of nine on the road to end February.
It is unlikely that they will finish the season winning 90 percent of their home games, but it is also unlikely they will win only 35 percent on the road.
However, averaging the two out, the Nuggets are on pace for another 50-plus win season, and a berth in the Western Conference playoffs.