Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 2/18/13
All-Star Weekend has come and gone and now it is time to for the sprint to the playoffs or tanking towards the lottery. We know that the top three spots in the Western Conference and the top spot in the Eastern Conference are likely set. We think we know the Miami Heat will finish atop the East and the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers will finish the Western Conference 1-2-3 in some order. After that it is a toss up, but there is one team -- the Denver Nuggets -- who I think will make a late season push and could even challenge for a top three seed in the West. At 33-21, the Nuggets are fifth place in the West, one and a half games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for fourth place and five games back of the Clippers for third. They are 22-3 at home and 11-18 on the road, thanks in part to a murderous schedule early in the season that saw them play 21 road games in November and December. They have since rebounded and have 16 of their remaining 28 g...
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