If the Denver Nuggets are to defy the odds and snap a four-season playoff drought, they will need to navigate their final stretch of the regular season with few slip-ups. Ten games are all that remain. In that time, the Nuggets will face nine teams in position to make the playoffs and a 10th team, the Los Angeles Clippers, who are right on Denver’s heels in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets (39-33) are two games behind the seventh-seeded Timberwolves (41-31) and eighth-seeded Jazz (41-31). Passing either of them with such a hellish schedule won’t be easy. Nuggets coach Michael Malone is well aware.