DENVER — During a stretch where the Denver Nuggets played some of its best basketball of the season and racked up dramatic wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, one burning question still remained.

How would Denver fare against an under .500 opponent without a  Most Valuable Player recipient when Pepsi Center wasn’t packed to capacity? Over the past two months, the Nuggets lost to the Joel Embiid-less 76ers, the Kings, Hawks and Suns.

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Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. The University of Colorado alum grew up in Boulder and has covered the Nuggets for the last three seasons. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Nuggets podcast. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind