The Denver Nuggets (30-26) enter the final days of the NBA Regular Season with a tenuous grasp on the No. 8 seed. Leading the Phoenix Suns (29-27) by just a single game, the Nuggets hope fend off the Suns, but Tom Ziller's latest NBA Power Rankings suggest that may be a problem.
Monday's power rankings have the Suns at No. 13 and the Nuggets, facing the Houston Rockets in a key home matchup next Sunday and Monday, come in at No. 16:
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|San Antonio Spurs
|W: CLE, BOS, NO, UTA
|Pounding The Rock
|This is the second double-digit win streak of the season for the Spurs. Expect some more analysis downplaying San Antonio's playoff chances based on last year's first-round exit; please remember that Manu Ginobili busted up his arm entering that series. He looks healthy now. This team has always been different when he's healthy.
|W: BOS; L: HOU, NY
|I secretly hope some fool tries out the "Bulls are better without Derrick Rose" argument just because I've always wanted to see a live human self-ridicule himself into oblivion.
|W: PHI; L: DET, NY
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|We are a month from Patrick Ewing becoming an NBA head coach. I repeat, we are a month from Patrick Ewing becoming an NBA head coach.
|W: PHX; L: NO, GS
|The Nuggets have a home-and-home with the Rockets next week. It's a great chance to either avoid the Thunder or Spurs in the first round or to fall out of the bracket. I love this game.
|W: POR, GS; L: PHX, SA
|As soon as I write off the Jazz, they'll peel off a four-game win streak. A home game against San Antonio and road games at Houston and Memphis might prevent that, though, and kill this season dead.