Three of Denver’s remaining seven opponents are currently in the Western Conference’s playoff picture. Two more—the Dallas Mavericks, who they will play twice, and the Portland Trail Blazers—are on the cusp of postseason qualification.
Portland is 3.5 games back of the No. 8-seeded Utah Jazz; Dallas is 1.5 behind.
There will be plenty of playoff-type competition on the Nuggets’ schedule. However, it’s their regular-season finale against a lottery-bound squad that doubles as one of the five most interesting games to watch if you’re interested in learning more about this Denver team before the first round.