The Nuggets and new coach Brian Shaw will open the 2013-14 season Oct. 30 on the road against the Sacramento Kings.
The Nuggets and new coach Brian Shaw will open the 2013-14 season Oct. 30 on the road against the Sacramento Kings. (John Leyba, Denver Post file)

The Nuggets and new coach Brian Shaw will begin their quest for an 11th straight playoff appearance Oct. 30 when they open the 2013-14 NBA season on the road against the Sacramento Kings, the team announced Tuesday.

The Nuggets, who won an NBA franchise-record 57 games last season, play their home opener at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, kicking off a three-game homestand that includes the San Antonio Spurs (Nov. 5) and Atlanta Hawks (Nov. 7).

"There's no better way to start the home schedule than on a Friday night in the Mile High City," said Nuggets VP of ticket sales and team marketing Che Vialpando in a statement. "The atmosphere on Nov. 1 will be absolutely electric. We can't wait to introduce our fans, season-ticket holders and the city of Denver to our new team and the new improvements we have made to Pepsi Center."

The Golden State Warriors, who upset the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs last spring and picked up former Nuggets forward and free agent Andre Iguodala in the offseason, come to the Pepsi Center on Dec. 23 and return for the regular-season finale April 16.

Other home games of interest include Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Nov. 29, NBA champion Miami Heat on Dec. 30 and the return of Chauncey Billups and the Detroit Pistons on March 19. The home games against the Lakers are Nov. 13 and March 7.

Despite having the NBA's third-youngest roster at the start of 2012-13, the Nuggets captured the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, winning a team-record 38 home games, including their final 23 at Pepsi Center.

Altitude will televise 76 games, and the Nuggets are scheduled to appear on national television 20 times (six on TNT, seven on ESPN and seven on NBA TV).

Season tickets are on sale now; call 303-287-DUNK or go to www.nuggetsseats.com for information.