2012 NBA standings: Nuggets win second game of the season Wednesday

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Denver Nuggets' win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night moved their record to 2-3.

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Houston Rockets 93-87 on Wednesday night to run their record in the early-going to 2-3.

While it might be silly to look at what this does for playoff positioning barely over a week into the season, it's never a bad thing to give a loss to a conference foe, and 2-3 looks much better than 1-4. Still, Denver finds itself looking up at the surprisingly 3-1 Minnesota Timberwolves, who sit in first place in the Northwest Division. Denver is also half a game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers while being tied at 2-3 with the Utah Jazz, whom they host Friday night.

As far as the conference standings go, right now a sub-.500 record wouldn't be good enough to crack the 8-team playoff field. But there are still well over 70 games to go -- plenty of time for a new-look roster to climb the charts.

Here's a look at the NBA standings through Thursday morning, Nov. 8:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team, record (Games behind)

  1. New York Knicks, 3-0
  2. Boston Celtics, 2-2 (1 1/5)
  3. Philadelphia 76ers, 2-2 (1 1/5)
  4. Brooklyn Nets, 1-2 (2)
  5. Toronto Raptors, 1-4 (3)

Central Division

  1. Chicago Bulls, 3-1
  2. Milwaukee Bucks, 2-1 (1/2)
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2-3 (1 1/2)
  4. Indiana Pacers, 2-3 (1 1/2)
  5. Detroit Pistons, 0-5 (3 1/2)

Southeast Division

  1. Miami Heat, 4-1
  2. Atlanta Hawks, 2-1 (1)
  3. Orlando Magic, 2-2 (1 1/2)
  4. Charlotte Bobcats, 1-2 (2)
  5. Washington Wizards, 0-3 (3)

Western Conference

Southwest Division

  1. Dallas Mavericks, 4-1
  2. San Antonio Spurs, 4-1
  3. Memphis Grizzlies, 3-1 (1/2)
  4. Houston Rockets, 2-2 (1 1/2)
  5. New Orleans Hornets, 2-2 (1 1/2)

Northwest Division

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves, 3-1
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder, 2-2 (1)
  3. Portland Trail Blazers, 2-2 (1)
  4. Denver Nuggets, 2-3 (1 1/2)
  5. Utah Jazz, 2-3 (1 1/2)

Pacific Division

  1. Golden State Warriors, 3-2
  2. Los Angeles Clippers, 3-2
  3. Phoenix Suns, 2-3 (1)
  4. Sacramento Kings, 2-3 (1)
  5. Los Angeles Lakers, 1-4 (2)

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