Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nuggets vs. Mavericks: Game 72 Preview

(Boulder-CO) The Denver Nuggets need to be opportunistic tonight against the Mavericks. First off, there is playoff positioning at stake. The Dirk-less Mavericks are currently two games ahead of the Nuggets and occupy the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. Tonight, the opportunity to cut that lead down to a single game is on the table. Secondly, the potential for Nene to make his triumphant return after beating the odds of playing again this season presents an opportunity for the Nuggets to seize this emotional moment and ride it to victory. And lastly, the Nuggets have won three straight games. Denver has a chance to move right into the playoff landscape by extending that steak tonight, and on Saturday, against the two teams that stand in their way. Furthermore, if Dallas and Denver end up tied at the end of the season, a win tonight would give the Nuggets the tie-breaker due to the season’s series being tied at one game apiece.

With all that fresh in your minds, this game is the last game before the Nuggets enter the final ten-game stretch. The team is currently 43-28, and I know that I have previously said that 53 games would lock a playoff birth, but after examining the recent individual team developments and the overall picture of the two teams that are within striking distance, the Nuggets might be able to make it with one less win.

The way I see it is Denver has eleven games remaining (including tonight’s) and six are at home where the Nuggets have been very tough to beat. Now, the first two games of the looming four-game Western Conference road trip are against the Sonics (of whom we abused with 168 points in the last meeting) and the Clippers (of whom can’t seem to get out of their own way, and have lost their last nine games). Sprinkle in a grand finale against the hapless Memphis Grizzlies at home to close things out and you can understand my new found optimism.

Now, both Dallas and the Warriors have tougher ten-game stretches to endure before the regular season concludes and the Warriors have to play the nearly full-strength Nuggets two more times in that said span! And if you don’t believe that the Nuggets can top Golden State twice then what kind of fan are you?

Lace ‘em up tight tonight, fellas. The next two and a half weeks are going to be a ride to remember and the fate of your season is back in your hands. Let’s get this win.

Go Nuggets!


Commish CH said...

this is it Doc, playoff time and not even the playoffs. The PC should be in a frenzy Saturday night and a bit charged tonight (early start might curb the excitment) Word.

Nugg Doctor said...

I feel ya, Commish. We need em all down the stretch, but the butterflies are already fluttering in my gut and I'm not even at the PC yet!

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor