Harry How/Getty Images
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook celebrate.
The Nuggets' second-to-last game of the season comes against division foe and the best-in-the-West Thunder (40-13).
For Denver to beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City will be an extremely arduous task, especially considering Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are at the top of their respective games this year.
While Westbook's assist numbers have sagged slightly, his 24.4 points per contest are a career-high, as are his field goal and three-point percentages.
Just ahead of him in scoring is Durant, at 27.5 PPG, while his rebounding (8.2), assist (3.5) and steal (1.4) numbers are all career-highs.
Simply stated, Kevin Durant is the MVP of the NBA this season. He's not only pushed himself to improve as an all-around player; he's propelled the Thunder into prime position to make a run at an NBA Championship.
For the Nuggets, this is a difficult matchup to say the least, but their chance could be helped by Danilo Gallinari's return to action. He could come back as soon as April 19, making this game a real reality, especially if Denver is still fighting to hang onto a playoff spot.
Gallinari is the Nuggets' MVP and there's no doubt they need him back for the playoffs if they can make it in.
Gallo is a superb scorer, able to dribble drive or pull-up and knock down threes with ease, and he could certainly be an asset as a defender on Durant. While it's impossible to stop the Durantula, Gallinari's similar size would frustrate the prolific scorer.
And while the Nuggets easily outscore every other team on this list, the Thunder are right behind them in scoring (103.2), meaning this should be a high-scoring game, likely accompanied by a playoff-like atmosphere so late in the regular season.