The most important news of the 2023 NBA offseason just arrived.

In the newest episode of Pickaxe and Roll, Ryan Blackburn breaks down the release of the 2023-24 NBA regular season schedule while focusing on the Denver Nuggets. Did the NBA give the Nuggets a good schedule? Is it easy or difficult? Ryan breaks down the national television schedule, the back-to-backs, and the home-road splits during each month.

Next, Ryan breaks down the newest addition to the NBA’s schedule: the In-Season Tournament. What is it? How does it work? Who’s in the Nuggets’ pool? What do the Nuggets do to advance? What happens to those games on the regular season schedule? Ryan explains it all.

Finally, Ryan ranks the top 10 most important Nuggets games based on his hyper advanced “Excitement Rating” system. These are the games that the Nuggets should feel the most “excitement” about if they end up winning them. From the opening night matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, to Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors, to the tough matchups against the Phoenix Suns, Ryan ranks every game in the regular season.

The NBA offseason is here. Make sure to stay up with the latest in the world of Denver Nuggets basketball with the Pickaxe and Roll podcast. Catch Blackburn every week on the Mile High Sports podcast network or watch on the MHS YouTube channel for the best local coverage of Colorado sports.

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