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NBA Standings 2012: Nuggets In Tough Fight For Positioning

The Denver Nuggets face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, starting a stretch of five games from this Sunday to next Sunday. It will be imperative for the Nuggets to have a winning week since the Western Conference standings are packed tightly as we enter the final month-plus of the regular season.

The Nuggets currently occupy the eighth spot in the Western Conference, but they are barely hanging to that spot. The team has been able to put a winning streak together since the start of February, alternating wins and losses. From the Los Angeles Clippers as the No. 4 seed to the Nuggets at No. 8, those teams are separated by only one game. The Houston Rockets are just half of a game behind the Nuggets, making the rest of the season high pressure for the Nuggets.

Team W L PCT GB STRK L10
1 Oklahoma City 36 12 .750 - Won 2 6-4
2 San Antonio 32 14 .696 3 Won 3 7-3
3 LA Lakers 30 18 .625 6 Won 2 7-3
4 LA Clippers 27 21 .563 9 Won 1 4-6
5 Dallas 28 22 .560 9 Won 1 5-5
6 Memphis 25 21 .543 10 Lost 3 4-6
7 Utah 26 22 .542 10 Won 6 7-3
8 Denver 26 22 .542 10 Lost 1 5-5
Houston 26 23 .531 10 ½ Lost 1 5-5
Phoenix 24 24 .500 12 Won 1 7-3
Minnesota 23 26 .469 13 ½ Lost 2 3-7
Portland 22 26 .458 14 Lost 1 3-7
Golden State 20 26 .435 15 Won 1 5-5
Sacramento 17 31 .354 19 Lost 2 5-5
New Orleans 12 36 .250 24 Lost 1 3-7

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