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NBA power rankings: Nuggets No. 18 in SB Nation rankings

The Nuggets are drifting right below .500 and SB Nation's power rankings have them down at No. 18.


The Denver Nuggets have been incredibly streaky this season, winning and losing games in threes and fours. They are currently on a losing streak following an up-and-down latest couple of games, dropping a 112-106 game against the New York Knicks on Sunday.

They have spent long chunks of the first half of the season on the road, and have looked mediocre away from the Pepsi Center with bad fourth quarter performances, awful defensive play and bad shooting from all over the court. With that in mind, SB Nation's latest NBA Power Rankings have the Nuggets sitting down near the bottom of the pack at No. 18, but with a caveat about the road slog they have had to endure:

18 Denver Nuggets 10-11 16 W: TOR, @IND; L: @ATL, @NYK Den Vers Tiffs
The crazy thing about the Nuggets' massively lopsided early schedule is that it won't really even out until 2013. After playing 15 of their first 21 games on the road, Denver will play another seven of 11 games away before the end of the calendar year. One hopes they can linger around .500 until January comes and they can finally set up shop at the Pepsi Center. One also hopes that habits like floundering in fourth quarters and shooting terribly for hours at a time are more products of a tough schedule than they are genuine Nugget identifiers. In other news, Denver's now all about alternating individual wins and losses after a first month filled with three- and four-game streaks.

The Nuggets will have a chance to right the ship again and push themselves back to .500 against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.