Taking the pulse of the Nuggets every weekend
Current record: 38-22
Last week: 3-0 (2-0 home, 1-0 road)
Current playoff seed: #5, 1.5 games behind #4 Memphis and 4.5 games ahead of #6 Golden State
The Nuggets made a strong showing through a difficult stretch of games, defeating the surging Lakers and the division-leading Thunder at home and picking up a tough road win in Portland. The Nuggets have gained separation from the West’s lower playoff seeds, but Memphis’ recent eight game winning streak has kept the Nuggets trailing slightly in the race for homecourt in the first round. Ty Lawson saw his streak of 20 point games end against the Thunder, but he had plenty of reason to celebrate after hitting the game winning jumper with 0.2 seconds left. Danilo Gallinari has played sparingly over the last four games due to a deep thigh bruise. Wilson Chandler has filled in admirably, leading the Nuggets in scoring twice in that stretch.
This week’s games: Monday vs Atlanta, Tuesday at Sacramento, Thursday vs LA Clippers, Saturday vs Minnesota