The Denver Nuggets will be without their All-Star point guard, Jamal Murray, for the rest of the month due to a right hamstring injury. Murray, who had an average of 18.7 points and 8.7 assists per game before his injury, sustained the injury during a game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Nuggets, who have a current record of 8-1, have been enjoying a strong start to the season, with a perfect 5-0 record on their home court. They won four games in a row, including two games without Murray in the lineup, after their first loss of the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Veteran point guard Reggie Jackson will be filling in for Murray during his absence. The Nuggets are taking a conservative approach with Murray’s injury, shutting him down for up to four weeks to ensure his full recovery.
While Murray is out, Jackson will take over as the starting point guard, and young guards like Christian Braun, Julian Strawther, and Jalen Pickett may see increased playing time.
Murray’s absence poses a challenge for the defending champions, as the Nuggets are focused on defending their title. Despite the setback, the team remains a strong contender for the championship, with +450 odds to successfully defend their title.
Additionally, they are the favorites to win back-to-back Northwest Division titles and have good odds at winning the Western Conference crown for the second consecutive season. Their strong performance in previous seasons, along with the return of injured players, gives the Nuggets a good chance of repeating their success.