The Denver Nuggets have been playing well of late -- they've won seven of their last 10 games -- which has helped them build a 1.5 game lead on the eighth place team in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets. It's far from a comfortable position for the franchise, but it's certainly an improvement in circumstances.
The Nuggets' playoff quest continues on Monday with a home game against the Dallas Mavericks. Following that, they host the Pistons, who are out of the playoff picture in the East right now. Then they travel to Utah for a game against a Jazz team that is desperate for wins.
The full schedule is here, and this is the week ahead:
Monday, March 19: vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. MT, TNT)
Wednesday, March 21: vs. Detroit Pistons (7:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)
Friday, March 23: at Utah Jazz (8:30 p.m. MT, Altitude and ESPN)