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NBA Standings 2012: Nuggets Locked In Battle For 1 Of Last 2 Playoff Spots

The Denver Nuggets enter Sunday's game against the Houston Rockets in a tie with them for the seventh and eighth spots in the Western Conference playoffs. They have identical 32-27 records with seven games to go. This home-and-home set over Sunday and Monday will be a huge test for the Nuggets.

Denver has a magic number of six to secure a playoff spot. As the Nuggets' Twitter account explains:

currently have a magic number of 6, meaning any combination of DEN Ws and PHX Ls equaling 6 will give them a playoff spot.

Next Saturday, the Nuggets play the Suns, which conceivably could be a game between a Denver team in the playoffs and a Phoenix team eliminated from the postseason. The Nuggets would need to win all three of their games before that and the Suns losers in their three games.

Here is the current Western Conference standings:

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 60 44-16 .733
San Antonio Spurs 58 42-16 .724
Los Angeles Lakers 60 38-22 .633
Los Angeles Clippers 60 37-23 .617
Memphis Grizzlies 59 35-24 .593
Dallas Mavericks 60 34-26 .567
Houston Rockets 59 32-27 .542
Denver Nuggets 59 32-27 .542
Phoenix Suns 60 31-29 .517
Utah Jazz 61 31-30 .508
Portland Trail Blazers 60 28-32 .467
Minnesota Timberwolves 61 25-36 .410
Golden State Warriors 59 22-37 .373
Sacramento Kings 60 19-41 .317
New Orleans Hornets 59 17-42 .288

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