With the acquisition of Andre Iguodala, the Denver Nuggets are no longer a starless team. Iguodala, who earned his first All-Star bid in 2012, is not a superstar, but the defensive stalwart consistently makes life difficult for the opposing team's wing players.
Although Iguodala may find it difficult to make the 2013 All-Star Game in the Western Conference, which is stacked with talented guards and forwards, he will nonetheless perform at an All-Star level in the Mile High City.
Iguodala's ability to defend those same guards and forwards that might prevent him from making his second consecutive All-Star team will be the greatest asset that he brings to Denver this season. Iguodala and a full season of Wilson Chandler will give the Nuggets one of the better pairs of wing defenders in the entire NBA.
An improved defense, the continued growth of players like Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson and JaVale McGee along with the steady play of veteran point guard Andre Miller will push the Nuggets to another 50-win season and their 10th consecutive playoff appearance.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Denver Nuggets:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 at Philadelphia 76ers- Andre Iguodala and the Nuggets open the season with a victory over Andrew Bynum and the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 1-0).
Game 2, Friday, November 2 at Orlando Magic- Nuggets get a road win over Arron Afflalo and the Magic (Record 2-0).
Game 3, Saturday, November 3 at Miami Heat- Nuggets fall to LeBron James and the Heat (Record 2-1).
Game 4, Tuesday, November 6 versus Detroit Pistons- Nuggets win their home opener by defeating the Pistons at the Pepsi Center (Record 3-1).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 at Houston Rockets- Nuggets lose to the Rockets in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 3-2).
Game 6, Friday, November 9 versus Utah Jazz- Nuggets fall to the Jazz (Record 3-3).
Game 7, Saturday, November 10 at Golden State Warriors- Nuggets play for the fourth time in five nights and drop a road game to the Warriors (Record 3-4).
Game 8, Monday, November 12 at Phoenix Suns- Nuggets fall to the Suns and suffer their fourth consecutive loss (Record 3-5).
Game 9, Thursday, November 15 versus Miami Heat- Nuggets get an impressive home win over the Heat (Record 4-5).
Game 10, Saturday, November 17 at San Antonio Spurs- Nuggets lose a high-scoring affair to the Spurs (Record 4-6).
Game 11, Monday, November 19 at Memphis Grizzlies- Nuggets get a solid road win over the Grizzlies (Record 5-6).
Game 12, Wednesday, November 21 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Nuggets close a disappointing 1-2 road trip with a loss to the Timberwolves (Record 5-7).
Game 13, Friday, November 23 versus Golden State Warriors- Nuggets open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Warriors (Record 6-7).
Game 14, Sunday, November 25 versus New Orleans Hornets- Nuggets get a home win over the visiting Hornets (Record 7-7).
Game 15, Monday, November 26 at Utah Jazz- Nuggets drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Jazz (Record 7-8).
Game 16, Thursday, November 29 at Golden State Warriors- Nuggets get a road win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena (Record 8-8).
Game 17, Friday, November 30 at Los Angeles Lakers- Nuggets close another 1-2 road trip with a loss to Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Record 8-9).
Game 18, Monday, December 3 versus Toronto Raptors- Nuggets beat the Raptors at the Pepsi Center for the ninth straight time (Record 9-9).
Game 19, Wednesday, December 5 at Atlanta Hawks- Nuggets open a five-game road trip with a victory over the Hawks (Record 10-9).
Game 20, Friday, December 7 at Indiana Pacers- Nuggets fall to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Record 10-10).
Game 21, Sunday, December 9 at New York Knicks- Nuggets get a solid road win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 11-10).
Game 22, Tuesday, December 11 at Detroit Pistons- Nuggets defeat the Pistons in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 12-10).
Game 23, Wednesday, December 12 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Nuggets play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 12-11).
Game 24, Friday, December 14 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Nuggets rebound with a home win over the Grizzlies (Record 13-11).
Game 25, Sunday, December 16 at Sacramento Kings- Nuggets defeat the Kings for the sixth straight time (Record 14-11).
Game 26, Tuesday, December 18 versus San Antonio Spurs- Nuggets get a close win over the Spurs (Record 15-11).
Game 27, Thursday, December 20 at Portland Trail Blazers- Nuggets fall to the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden for the sixth straight time (Record 15-12).
Game 28, Saturday, December 22 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Nuggets rebound with a double-digit victory over the Bobcats (Record 16-12).
Game 29, Tuesday, December 25 at Los Angeles Clippers- Nuggets fall to Chris Paul and the Clippers on Christmas Day (Record 16-13).
Game 30, Wednesday, December 26 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Nuggets drop a home game to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers (Record 16-14).
Game 31, Friday, December 28 at Dallas Mavericks- Nuggets defeat the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center (Record 17-14).
Game 32, Saturday, December 29 at Memphis Grizzlies- Nuggets drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Grizzlies (Record 17-15).
Game 33, Tuesday, January 1 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Nuggets get a New Year's Day victory over the Clippers (Record 18-15).
Game 34, Thursday, January 3 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Nuggets defeat the Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center for the sixth straight time (Record 19-15).
Game 35, Saturday, January 5 versus Utah Jazz- Nuggets beat the Jazz to complete a perfect 3-0 homestand (Record 20-15).
Game 36, Sunday, January 6 at Los Angeles Lakers- Nuggets drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 20-16).
Game 37, Wednesday, January 9 versus Orlando Magic- Nuggets open a four-game homestand with a double-digit victory over the Magic (Record 21-16).
Game 38, Friday, January 11 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Nuggets defeat Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers (Record 22-16).
Game 39, Sunday, January 13 versus Golden State Warriors- Nuggets beat the visiting Warriors and get their sixth straight home win (Record 23-16).
Game 40, Tuesday, January 15 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Nuggets capture the first half of a back-to-back with a victory over the Trail Blazers (Record 24-16).
Game 41, Wednesday, January 16 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Nuggets play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to Kevin Durant and the Thunder (Record 24-17).
Game 42, Friday, January 18 versus Washington Wizards- Nuggets get their 25th win by beating John Wall and the Wizards (Record 25-17).
Game 43, Sunday, January 20 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Nuggets close a brief two-game homestand with an impressive win over the Thunder (Record 26-17).
Game 44, Wednesday, January 23 at Houston Rockets- Nuggets get a road win over the Rockets at the Toyota Center (Record 27-17).
Game 45, Saturday, January 26 versus Sacramento Kings- Nuggets get a home win over the Kings (Record 28-17).
Game 46, Monday, January 28 versus Indiana Pacers- Nuggets fall to the visiting Pacers (Record 28-18).
Game 47, Wednesday, January 30 versus Houston Rockets- Nuggets lose a close game to the Rockets (Record 28-19).
Game 48, Friday, February 1 versus New Orleans Hornets- Nuggets get back on track with a victory over the Hornets (Record 29-19).
Game 49, Tuesday, February 5 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Nuggets defeat the Bucks for the fifth straight time (Record 30-19).
Game 50, Thursday, February 7 versus Chicago Bulls- Nuggets close a 3-3 homestand with a loss to the Bulls (Record 30-20).
Game 51, Saturday, February 9 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Nuggets open a four-game road trip with a victory over the Cavaliers (Record 31-20).
Game 52, Sunday, February 10 at Boston Celtics- Nuggets play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Celtics (Record 31-21).
Game 53, Tuesday, February 12 at Toronto Raptors- Nuggets rebound by beating the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 32-21).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 19 versus Boston Celtics- Nuggets open the second half of the season with a solid win over the Celtics (Record 33-22).
Game 56, Friday, February 22 at Washington Wizards- Nuggets visit the Nation's Capital and get a road win over the Wizards (Record 34-22).
Game 57, Saturday, February 23 at Charlotte Bobcats- Nuggets defeat the Bobcats and run their record to 18-6 against the East (Record 35-22).
Game 58, Monday, February 25 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Nuggets get a home win over the Lakers (Record 36-22).
Game 59, Wednesday, February 27 at Portland Trail Blazers- Nuggets capture their fifth straight win with a victory over the Trail Blazers (Record 37-22).
Game 60, Friday, March 1 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Nuggets open March with a loss to the Thunder (Record 37-23).
Game 61, Monday, March 4 versus Atlanta Hawks- Nuggets get back on track by beating the Hawks (Record 38-23).
Game 62, Tuesday, March 5 at Sacramento Kings- Nuggets defeat the Kings and successfully complete a back-to-back (Record 39-23).
Game 63, Thursday, March 7 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Nuggets earn their 40th win of the season with a victory over the Clippers (Record 40-23).
Game 64, Saturday, March 9 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Nuggets close a brief two-game homestand with a loss to the Timberwolves (Record 40-24).
Game 65, Monday, March 11 at Phoenix Suns- Nuggets rebound with a road win over the Suns (Record 41-24).
Game 66, Wednesday, March 13 versus New York Knicks- Nuggets fall to the Knicks in Carmelo Anthony's first game at the Pepsi Center since the infamous trade (Record 41-25).
Game 67, Friday, March 15 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Nuggets defeat the Grizzlies and win the season series 3-1 (Record 42-25).
Game 68, Monday, March 18 at Chicago Bulls- Nuggets drop a road game to the Bulls at the United Center (Record 42-26).
Game 69, Tuesday, March 19 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Nuggets lose the second half of a back-to-back to the Thunder (Record 42-27).
Game 70, Thursday, March 21 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Nuggets open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the 76ers (Record 43-27).
Game 71, Saturday, March 23 versus Sacramento Kings- Nuggets beat the Kings at the Pepsi Center for the ninth straight time (Record 44-27).
Game 72, Monday, March 25 at New Orleans Hornets- Nuggets get a road win over Anthony Davis and the young Hornets (Record 45-27).
Game 73, Wednesday, March 27 at San Antonio Spurs- Nuggets fall to the savvy Spurs at the AT&T Center (Record 45-28).
Game 74, Friday, March 29 versus Brooklyn Nets- Nuggets get a home win over the Nets (Record 46-28).
Game 75, Wednesday, April 3 at Utah Jazz- Nuggets defeat the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena and tie the season series at two games apiece (Record 47-28).
Game 76, Thursday, April 4 versus Dallas Mavericks- Nuggets drop the second half of a back-to-back to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 47-29).
Game 77, Saturday, April 6 versus Houston Rockets- Nuggets get a home win over Jeremy Lin and the Rockets (Record 48-29).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 10 versus San Antonio Spurs- Nuggets fall to the Spurs for the second time in two weeks (Record 48-30).
Game 79, Friday, April 12 at Dallas Mavericks- Nuggets drop a road game to the Mavericks (Record 48-31).
Game 80, Sunday, April 14 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Nuggets rebound with a home win over the Trail Blazers (Record 49-31).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 at Milwaukee Bucks- Nuggets defeat the Bucks in their final road game of the season (Record 50-31).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 versus Phoenix Suns- Nuggets close the regular season with a victory over the Suns (Record 51-31).
Prediction: The Denver Nuggets will once again be one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA, but with Andre Iguodala and Wilson Chandler defending the perimeter, Denver will make positive strides on the defensive end of the floor, which just might bode well for the Nuggets come playoff time.
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More 2012-2013 game-by-game predictionsAndre Iguodala NBA Statistics, Denver Nuggets Franchise Index and ESPN.com's Denver Nuggets 2013 Schedule was used for this article.