There’s more than one team that’s on a nice roll in the NBA at the moment.
Everyone wants to talk about the Miami Heat and their 16-game win streak lately and for good reason. It’s the most impressive run a team has been on all season, but it’s overshadowed another praise-worthy streak that more folks should be talking about out West.
The Denver Nuggets extended their win streak to seven games on Thursday with a big home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers 107-92. The Nuggets have now won eight of their last nine and have positioned themselves into fifth place in the West with a record of 41-22, just one game back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the all-important fourth seed, which would grant them home court in the playoffs. And for the Nuggets home court advantage in the first round would mean everything, as they are a near-perfect 27-3 at the Pepsi Center so far this season.
“We’re extremely dangerous, especially if we get home-court advantage,” JaVale McGee said, via ESPN.com. “We’re a great team. We work hard, we play hard. And the way we’re playing right now, when we get to the playoffs, it’s going to be amazing.”
Ty Lawson led the way for Denver with 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 20 points of his own in the win. The Nuggets have now taken two of three from the Clippers this season, with both wins coming on Denver’s home turf.
The Nuggets were magnificent once again on the offensive end of the floor, hitting 43-of-77 field goals (55.8%), while dishing out 33 assists as a team. Denver came into the game ranked 3rd in the league in scoring (105.7 PPG) and 3rd in assists (24.4 per game).
Before maybe considered Denver to be a high-scoring dark horse as far as the Western Conference championship was concerned, but now many are looking at the Nuggets as a legitimate contender out West. They certainly have the speed and the scoring ability to keep up with the Thunder, they have the youth to wear down a team like the Spurs in a long series and we’ve seen what they can do to the Clippers. So, who not the Nuggets?
Updated futures odds weren’t available for Friday, but be sure to check back and see where odds makers have the Nuggets because whatever their odds are will likely present a solid value and a good wagering opportunity for those who want to throw a few dollars down. Sure, with the amount of talent out West and with the Heat soaring, it will be tough for a team like Denver to break through, but with the way they are playing at the moment, they can beat anybody.