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.