Denver Nuggets Push for First NBA Championship in Three Years Despite Complicated Playoff Seeding Situation

The Denver Nuggets aspire to a two-time NBA championship, something they have not achieved since the Golden State Warriors won the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the 2017 and 2018 Finals. However, the feat has been more complicated than expected since missing a regular season game they are in third place in the Western Conference.

The team led by Nikola Jokic has a record of 56-25, like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Currently, the tiebreakers favor OKC in first place in the Conference and Minnesota is in second place. If things stay this way, and the New Orleans Pelicans win against the Los Angeles Lakers, this means that the Nuggets would face Zion Williamson and company in the first round of the playoffs.

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With what combination of results do the Nuggets remain in first place in the Western Conference?

The NBA established that there are five possible scenarios, through eight different combinations of results, for the seeding of the three teams at the top of the West, but only one puts Denver as number 1. To do this, the Nuggets must beat the Memphis Grizzlies and hope that the Phoenix Suns do the same against the Timberwolves as well as a victory for the Dallas Mavericks over the Thunder.

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If they finish first in the ‘Wild West’, the Nuggets will have to wait for the outcome of the Play-In to find out their rival in the first round of the playoffs. The teams that could play prior to the playoffs depending on Sunday’s results are the Pelicans, Suns, Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.

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2024-04-13 21:23:43
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