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With only four weeks left in the regular season, there has been some separation in the Western Conference playoff picture. Currently, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver are all within five-and-a-half games of each other for first place. Golden State is in sixth place and 14 games behind the Spurs.
While Denver is tied for fourth in terms of winning percentage, the Nuggets are playing superb basketball against the other top teams in the West. Denver has gone 9-4 against the other four franchises.
The Nuggets don't face the Thunder, Grizzlies or Clippers the rest of the regular season. However, they will see the Spurs on two more occasions, including one at San Antonio on March 27. The Nuggets are only 1-1 against the Spurs and haven't squared off since Dec. 18.
Considering how well Denver is playing and that Tony Parker is still out with his ankle injury (per CBSSports.com), the Nuggets could still surpass the Spurs by the end of the 82 games. The Nuggets are 30-3 at home, tied for the best mark in the NBA with Miami.
Along with the altitude, home-court is a significant advantage for the Nuggets.