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.

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.