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Post#1 » by NuggetsWY » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:33 am

Nuggets are in third place - unlikely to catch the Clippers (but possible). Utah has a chance to catch Denver. Do we want to end up in 3rd or 4th? Is there an advantage to either one?

In the first round, it doesn't make a lot of difference since OKC and Houston are tied for 5th-6th. Typically we do well against OKC and not so well against Houston - but at this point, that seems to be out of our control.

Assuming top seeds win the first round; we could face either LA team in the second round. Lakers seem likely to be in first place with the Clippers in second. Does it make much difference which one we play? Hmmm ...

It seems like perhaps Murray's earlier statement that when the Nuggets play their best, they can beat anyone in a seven game series might just be the best way to look at the potential playoff matchups.
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Post#2 » by TunaFish » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:16 pm

There is a possibility that the Nuggets treat these next few games as more of a tuneup with some experimental lineups. I am factoring in that first round of the playoffs is such a crap shoot that one slot is nearly as good as the next with no home-court advantage. I think we are going to see some Bol and MPJ in the immediate future.

If Murray and Jokic start out slow that wouldn't be a surprise to me nor would the loses in the next games. Playoffs will be a different story. If they start out hot, lets hope they can sustain it.
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Post#3 » by skywalker33 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:48 pm

The way we're playing right now, 4th of 5th seed is possible, but so could the 2nd spot, especially with what's going on in the LAC locker room. Seeding is very important IF your team is engaged, which the Nuggets team doesn't seem to be. 7-8 players missing while they were fully aware of the expected deadline for the bubble (is our roster intact yet ?). Do see some potential with MPJ and Bol but still wondering if Malone can coach this team to the next level. I think Malone has done a great job developing young players, even going back to D-Cousins but is that ALL he is ?? Most say we're 2-3 years away from truly contending (is that because LBJ may be done by then ?) and I can possibly see that but this is a great opportunity that could easily pass us by.
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Post#4 » by skywalker33 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:35 am

Only 1 game out of the 2nd seed in the West, moves to 1/2 a game if we can beat MIA. LAC has just two player (although All-Stars) to worry about, we have a much deeper team. By the same token, UTH just moved within a game of our 3rd seed spot so we need to keep that distance as well. So here's the question: can this Nuggets team rise up to the challenge with 8 games before the playoffs ??
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Post#5 » by skywalker33 » Tue Aug 4, 2020 11:09 pm

With today's surprising upset of LAC by PHX, Nuggets again just one game back of Clippers with 6 games to go, (5 for LAC). Our last game is against, you guessed it, the LA Clippers !! We're not at full strength yet, HOPEFULLY we will be before the playoffs get here, nice to build our chemistry and bench back up. SAS up next they'll be coming off a loss but we should be able to ride the Porter wave to another victory.

Would be nice to see POR beat HOU tonight too....
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Post#6 » by THE J0KER » Wed Aug 5, 2020 12:23 am

Our bubble priority should be to establish MPJ into teams "The 3rd Star" and starter and to escape in 1st round LAL, LAC, and Houston.

That means we will face Utah, Oklahoma or Dallas in the PO 1st round, which is OK in all 3 cases (especially Oklahoma which we beat in 8 out of our last 9 games). Someone would say that Utah is not worse than Houston, but that is only current standings delusion. In reality, late Covington trade improved Rockets, and Bojan Bogdanovic is out for the season for Utah which will significantly damage Jazz offense.
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Post#7 » by psimanic1 » Wed Aug 5, 2020 9:31 am

THE J0KER wrote:Our bubble priority should be to establish MPJ into teams "The 3rd Star" and starter and to escape in 1st round LAL, LAC, and Houston.

That means we will face Utah, Oklahoma or Dallas in the PO 1st round, which is OK in all 3 cases (especially Oklahoma which we beat in 8 out of our last 9 games). Someone would say that Utah is not worse than Houston, but that is only current standings delusion. In reality, late Covington trade improved Rockets, and Bojan Bogdanovic is out for the season for Utah which will significantly damage Jazz offense.

And we only need 7 players to beat Utah
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Post#8 » by NuggetsWY » Wed Aug 5, 2020 11:10 am

psimanic1 wrote:
THE J0KER wrote:Our bubble priority should be to establish MPJ into teams "The 3rd Star" and starter and to escape in 1st round LAL, LAC, and Houston.

That means we will face Utah, Oklahoma or Dallas in the PO 1st round, which is OK in all 3 cases (especially Oklahoma which we beat in 8 out of our last 9 games). Someone would say that Utah is not worse than Houston, but that is only current standings delusion. In reality, late Covington trade improved Rockets, and Bojan Bogdanovic is out for the season for Utah which will significantly damage Jazz offense.

And we only need 7 players to beat Utah

:lol: Lightning can strike the same place twice --- but in the last game, we only had four players and a few statues :cheesygrin:
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Post#9 » by skywalker33 » Wed Aug 5, 2020 5:32 pm

psimanic1 wrote:
THE J0KER wrote:Our bubble priority should be to establish MPJ into teams "The 3rd Star" and starter and to escape in 1st round LAL, LAC, and Houston.

That means we will face Utah, Oklahoma or Dallas in the PO 1st round, which is OK in all 3 cases (especially Oklahoma which we beat in 8 out of our last 9 games). Someone would say that Utah is not worse than Houston, but that is only current standings delusion. In reality, late Covington trade improved Rockets, and Bojan Bogdanovic is out for the season for Utah which will significantly damage Jazz offense.

And we only need 7 players to beat Utah


A rarity for sure but I do like the UTH matchup as out best opportunity to win in the 1st round of the playoffs, followed by OKC. DAL seems dangerous to me and we all know how well we don't match up well with HOU.
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Post#10 » by Manolito » Thu Aug 6, 2020 12:10 pm

Key game is Utah on Saturday. If we beat them, it is impossible they have a better record.

I think Houston is going to win minimum 4 more games and same for OKC, therefore we need 3 more wins to avoid them and play versus Utah (weakest team IMO).

Portland L
Utah W
Lakers W
Clippers L
Raptors W

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Post#11 » by skywalker33 » Thu Aug 6, 2020 6:05 pm

Manolito wrote:Key game is Utah on Saturday. If we beat them, it is impossible they have a better record.

I think Houston is going to win minimum 4 more games and same for OKC, therefore we need 3 more wins to avoid them and play versus Utah (weakest team IMO).

Portland L
Utah W
Lakers W
Clippers L
Raptors W

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Feels like the Rockets are trying for the 4th or 5th seed IMO, their best match ups
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Post#12 » by skywalker33 » Fri Aug 7, 2020 11:24 pm

Looking at potential playoff match-ups, thinking we may want that 4th spot for ourselves. As it stands the 5/6th seeds are OKC and UTH, both who I feel we stand a good shot at beating. I'm feeling the Lakers seem the most vulnerable right now, even as the top seed. Should the LAL survive the 1st round (seems I'm not the only one who can conceive an upset) and HOU and the Clips advance, we'd play the dreaded Laker while the Rockets and Clips would be pitted against each other, that'll be a much more vicious series than DEN-LAL in my opinion. LeBron is still focused but the Lakers aren't the same w/o him and he's getting older and need more rest. Also, missing Avery and Rondo are big losses to the teams defense. Granted, we aren't in great health either but I feel we'd still have a good shot at beating them. That's take us out of the frying pan and into the fire, meeting either HOU or LAC in the WCF.
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Post#13 » by Manolito » Yesterday 8:23 am

After yesterday losses from OKC and UTH ,we need two wins to secure top4.

I do not know if I prefer being 3th or 4th, I do not see a big difference.

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