NBA Teams Rolling with Most Momentum Going into the Playoffs

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NBA Teams Rolling with Most Momentum Going into the Playoffs
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Carmelo Anthony's New York Knicks aren't the only team that's red-hot right now.

Finding the right time to "get hot" has always been trickier-than-expected business in the NBA. You can never quite tell if a team's winning streak started too soon, or if it's too late for a stumbling squad to get back on track.

Just ask the San Antonio Spurs, who won 20 straight games between the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs in 2012 before flaming out against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Or, on the flip side, ask the Miami Heat, who looked all too beatable for most of last year's Eastern Conference playoffs before catching fire once Chris Bosh returned from an abdominal injury.

Although, it's pretty safe to say that there's never a bad time to win games, nor is momentum ever a hindrance, so long as those ends aren't achieved in the immediate term at the expense of long-term goals.

Then again, with the way injuries pop up in pro basketball, it's more difficult that you might expect to predict which teams will pull through and which will fall by the wayside come playoff time. The Denver Nuggets are learning that lesson head-on, with Ty Lawson's torn plantar fascia and Danilo Gallinari's season-ending ACL injury seemingly spelling doom in the Mile High City. The absences of their top two scorers will serve as the biggest test yet to the Nuggets' celebrated depth.

And if they can pull off a Double Ewing Theory and continue to churn out wins without Lawson and Gallo, more power to them.

For now, though, these seven teams have mo' Mo on their respective sides than does anyone else.

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