Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/18/14
 Denver Nuggets (46-22) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (50-17) 8 p.m./NBATV The top two teams in the Western Conference right now might be meeting in Oklahoma City tonight. And not even the allure of NCAA Tournament games should be able to draw basketball fans away. Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. Russell Westbrook. Ty Lawson. Danilo Gallinari. Serge Ibaka. And the immortal JaVale McGee. That is exciting on name power alone. Then you look at what the teams have accomplished. Oklahoma City is second in the Western Conference and a game behind San Antonio for the best record in the West. The Nuggets are quickly coming on their tail. Denver has won 12 games in a row -- which normally would get lots of press except for that little win streak in Miami -- and continues to impress with the team's all out offensive attack. The Nuggets are dangerous because so many different guys can beat you on any given night. They really do not have a set formula. But this one is the big test for Denver. Denver is getting some momentum as the dark horse in the West to reach the Finals. It certainly feels possible with the way they move the ball and especially their dominance at home. However, a Playoff team's mettle is determined against the best on the road. This is not a game that will sink Denver's championship hopes, but it would make a lot more believers if the team could find a way to win at Oklahoma City. Game on. Other Storylines to Watch -It started off as an off-color Nike campaign. Kevin Durant being accused indirectly of a vicious dunking. Of course, Durant couldn't do it?! He is the nicest guy in the league. Believe it though with the technical fouls and the new killer instinct, Kevin Durant is not nice. Just ask Ty Lawson who said he has noticed a mean streak in Durant as he hungers for his first championship. -The Nuggets and the Thunder have a nice rivalry developing and it should last for a long time. Both Durant and Lawson are locked in with their teams for the foreseeable future and both have teams capable of winning. Tonight's Other Games Orlando Magic (18-49) vs. Indiana Pacers (41-26) 7 p.m. Rookie Magic general manager Rob Hennigan was roundly criticized when he traded Dwight Howard to the Lakers and opted not to get Andrew Bynum in return. It complicated the deal, requiring four teams to be involved to get the deal done. Eventually Bynum ended up in Philadelphia. Now that Bynum is out for the year, Hennigan might have a smirk on his face and thoughts of "I told you so." Orlando is struggling record-wise but have a nice center prospect in second-year pro Nikola Vucevic.  Portland Trail Blazers (31-35) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (33-32) 8 p.m. LaMarcus Aldridge's big day was kind of ruined. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday and proceeded to lead his Blazers on a big comeback against the Sixers on the road. When push came to shove at the end, Aldridge could not get the final tip in to go and the Sixers escaped with the win. All the congratulations had to stop for a while. Los Angeles Clippers (46-21) vs. Sacramento Kings (23-44) 10 p.m. The Clippers have the luxury of having two really strong point guards in Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups. As the Playoffs come closer, Vinny Del Negro will have to figure out the most efficient way to employ his two guards. Billups wants the ball in his hands and his seasoned enough to get the Clippers into the right sets and find the right guys. Chris Paul is also Chris Paul. Either way, it does not seem Los Angeles could lose. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Report: Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

CJ Wilson: Josh Hamilton’s relapse a ‘tame scenario’

Head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets

Check out these leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Aqib Talib’s aggravated assault investigation suspended

WATCH: Female Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

Notre Dame wears 'Father Ted' patches during spring game

Five things to watch during the NBA Playoffs

Hanley Ramirez put hole in Green Monster during BP

WATCH: A-Rod belts two homers in win over Rays

Ubaldo Jimenez hit Pablo Sandoval with pitch, was ejected

NBA to track and post referees’ calls beginning in playoffs

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Report: Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.