2011 NBA Playoffs: Nuggets Wait for Mavs, Thunder as Possible 1st Round Opponent
Perhaps more important than how will the new-look Nuggets perform in their first playoff game that doesn’t feature former star Carmelo Anthony in a Nuggets uniform in 14 years, is determining who coach George Karl’s squad will be playing in this year’s first round.
And as the regular season comes to an end tonight, the fifth-seeded Nuggets are unsure of who their opponent will be, aside from the guarantee of facing either Dallas or Oklahoma City.
And the scenario is fairly simple. If the Thunder win and the Mavericks lose tonight, then Denver will play Dallas in the first round. If Dallas beats New Orleans at home tonight, then Round One will be Nuggets vs. Thunder.
The opponent-to-be-determined scenario is not as much a concern for the Nuggets as the opposition’s attempt to game plan a team that itself doesn’t quite know what they are should be of great concern for either the Mavericks or the Thunder.
As far as who the Nuggets would rather play?
Well, only some speculation, but they seem to matchup with Dallas a little better if for no other reason than their 3-1 record this year, as opposed to a 2-3 record against the Thunder.
The waiting game begins tonight with all three teams tipping off at 8pm Eastern.
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