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NBA Standings 2012: Nuggets Holding On To No. 8 Spot In Western Conference

The Denver Nuggets hold a precarious spot in the playoffs with just a half of a game separating them from the Portland Trail Blazers, the first team out.

The Denver Nuggets currently hold the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs, but just barely. The Portland Trail Blazers are just one-half of a game behind the Nuggets for that spot. That's also how the Northwest Division standings look. The Nuggets are still in second place there, trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder by 6.5 games. The Blazers are seven games behind the Thunder.

The Nuggets can chip a game off of the Thunder's lead on Sunday night when they visit Oklahoma City in an ESPN-televised game. After that game, the Nuggets will host the Minnesota Timberwolves before having a back-to-back with the Los Angeles Clippers on the road and the San Antonio Spurs at home.

Denver snapped a five-game losing streak last Saturday with a victory over the Indiana Pacers and then followed it with a second straight win, defeating the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. However, things didn't work out for the Nuggets over the last two games, losing to the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Seed Team W L GB STRK
1 Oklahoma City 23 7 - Won 1
2 San Antonio 22 9 1 ½ Won 10
3 LA Clippers 19 10 3 ½ Lost 1
4 Dallas 20 11 3 ½ Won 6
5 LA Lakers 18 12 5 Won 3
6 Memphis 18 14 6 Won 4
7 Houston 17 14 6 ½ Lost 1
8 Denver 17 14 6 ½ Lost 2
Portland 17 15 7 Won 1
Utah 15 14 7 ½ Won 1
Minnesota 15 16 8 ½ Won 2
Golden State 11 17 11 Lost 3
Phoenix 12 19 11 ½ Lost 4
Sacramento 10 20 13 Lost 4
New Orleans 7 23 16 Won 3

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