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.
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.