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NBA Power Rankings 2012: Nuggets Emerge As No. 3 Team After 4-Game Road Winning Streak

The Denver Nuggets are 1.5 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Northwest division lead, but they moved ahead of them in Tom Ziller's latest SB Nation NBA Power Rankings. This is due to the Nuggets' four-game road trip romp against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. The latter involved a thrilling 119-114 double overtime victory. This turn of events has Tom Ziller wondering if preseason expectations were off:

The Nuggets were supposed to be a dominant home team that won enough on the road to remain competitive. Instead, they have begun a five-game road trip with four straight wins and have a few days off before visiting Sacramento.

The Nuggets are 6-2 at home and 6-3 on the road, which makes for some nice balance. However, the Nuggets did look sluggish for long stretches of time against the Knicks, mostly a result of playing three games before it in such a short span of time. The three days off should help the Nuggets recharge for the Kings.

The Thunder fell to No. 5 and we are left asking what Ziller does: "How dare you lose to the Wizards?"

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