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True or false: The Denver Nuggets actually are the second-best staff within the West?
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Steve Aschburner: Second-best? Uh, have you ever appeared on the standings currently? As I write this, the Nuggets are tied with Golden State atop the West (however the Warriors personal the tiebreaker there). They’ve received seven of their final eight. They batter opponents on the boards, because of first-among-equals Nikola Jokic and different committee members. And no staff has higher chemistry than this group, which has taken an enormous step since dropping its “play-in” sport vs. Minnesota final April. In fact, for the postseason, it might be good to have that one wing or perimeter man who can create or get to the foul line. And it’d be good if we might maintain off on this reply till subsequent week, by which era the Nuggets may have performed highway video games at Houston, Oklahoma Metropolis and Golden State. Within the meantime, mark me down as a professional sure.
Shaun Powell: False. With all due respect to teach Mike Malone’s crew, the Nuggets have confirmed to be an excellent common season staff and one which hasn’t ventured into the playoff hearth. Subsequently, the staff most certified to get beat by the Golden State Warriors within the convention finals is the Houston Rockets, who deliver a flammable James Harden, a wholesome Chris Paul and sufficient mandatory items to make a return journey to late Could. Moreover, Denver and Houston are solely separated by just a few wins, surprising contemplating how the Rockets began 11-14.
Jamal Murray and the Nuggets are hoping for an extended playoff run in 2019.
John Schuhmann: True. It is proper there within the standings and within the numbers. The Nuggets are the one Western Convention staff that ranks within the high 10 in each offensive and defensive effectivity. They’ve the second-best document (12-9, worse than solely Oklahoma Metropolis’s 14-10) in video games performed between the West’s playoff groups, with wins over every of the opposite seven. They’ve a participant — Nikola Jokic — who deserves a spot on the Kia MVP poll and have strong depth behind him. Now, that does not imply that the Nuggets will certainly attain the convention finals. The playoffs are totally different than the common season and 5 or 6 groups within the West have the power to win two sequence.
Sekou Smith: True. I imagine the Nuggets have labored their method into that place behind the Golden State Warriors this season. And who is aware of, they might very nicely seize that No. 1 seed within the Western Convention between now and the tip of the season. However even when they’re the second-best staff within the West on April 10, I believe the staff that poses the best risk to the Warriors as soon as the playoffs begin is the Houston Rockets. Now, I understand I am technically answering a query that wasn’t requested. However the Rockets simply really feel like a extra harmful staff in a playoff setting. The star energy and big-play potential on their roster feels extra dynamic to me than what the Nuggets deliver. Granted, we do not know the way this Nuggets bunch reacts within the postseason, since they missed out on that chance on the ultimate night time of final season. However I am taking a see-it-to-believe-it angle with this Nuggets staff within the playoffs.