Reasons to Believe This Denver Nuggets Team Can Make Noise in 2013 NBA Playoffs

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Reasons to Believe This Denver Nuggets Team Can Make Noise in 2013 NBA Playoffs
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Nobody wants to see the Denver Nuggets (47-22) in the playoffs. The hottest team in the Western Conference is climbing the standings and proving itself to be a nightmare matchup for any potential opponent.

Denver seems to have accomplished the cohesion for which head coach George Karl had hoped. It now boasts a Western Conference-leading 13-game winning streak—and didn’t get there by feasting on squads at the bottom of the standings.

Seven of the Nuggets’ recent victims are in the current playoff picture in their respective conferences. Denver knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder (50-19) twice in its streak, meaning eight of the 13 wins came against teams that are currently postseason-bound.

Denver’s last 13 opponents (460-420) have a combined winning percentage of .523.

The second-best current streak west of the Miami Heat (24 games) belongs to the San Antonio Spurs, who have emerged victorious from each of their last three contests.

Skeptical spectators may say that this is March—not April, not May, not June. But the Nuggets are running laps around their competition now, and there are a number of reasons why they should continue to do so as summer approaches.

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