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NBA Power Rankings 2012: Nuggets At No. 16 In The Latest Power Rankings

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:

Rank Team Record Last Week SB Nation Blog
1. San Antonio Spurs 40-14 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.
2. Chicago Bulls 43-14 W: BOS; L: HOU, NY Blog-a-Bull
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.
15. Orlando Magic 33-23 W: PHI; L: DET, NY Orlando Pinstriped Post
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.
16. Denver Nuggets 30-26 W: PHX; L: NO, GS Denver Stiffs
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.
17. Utah Jazz 29-28 W: POR, GS; L: PHX, SA SLC Dunk
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.

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