We did it. We are finally here.

In the newest episode of the Pickaxe and Roll podcast, Matt Brooks of the Denver Nuggets and nuggets.com joins Ryan Blackburn to preview and discuss the Denver Nuggets season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. They chat about practice from earlier today, the budding rivalry between the Nuggets and Lakers, how the Nuggets are approaching the game, who will play, and whether the Nuggets will end up with a win.

Michael Porter Jr. and Christian Braun are expected to be back, but the rest of the bench rotation beyond Braun still appears to be a mystery. Could the Nuggets expand their rotation? Will they play fewer players on opening night and focus on what they know will work? Matt and Ryan share their thoughts.

Then, they bounce around the NBA with some bold predictions for the NBA season. Are the Milwaukee Bucks overrated? Who could win MVP if not Nikola Jokić? What if Zion Williamson was traded mid-season? Matt and Ryan share their bold NBA season predictions.

The NBA offseason is officially over! 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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