Sunday was a full day with nearly every NBA game ready for grabs, both in the East and West Conference playoff shots, and at the end of the day the Denver Nuggets took the third seed in the West. With Denver losing the Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder (among all other things), it enabled the Nuggets to lock in that three seeds and set up a first-round match against Portland.
Just over the past two seasons, the two teams met in the Western Conference semi-finals, which ended in Portland, defeating the Nuggets in seven of Denver’s home games. The Nuggets will once again have a home ground advantage in this series. But looking for revenge after what happened a few seasons ago.
Denver now is happy to have the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angles Lakers or the Golden State Warriors on their side. Those teams will play in Wednesday night’s 7/8 match to determine who beat Phoenix in the first round. Obviously, the Nuggets had to win their first round in the first round for this. But it’s definitely something to follow, as these three teams can be tough opponents.
The good news for the Nuggets is that the first round won’t begin until Saturday, giving the whole week some rest and hope to get some back on the line, Barton III (right hamstring strain) and PJ Dozier (side adductor stress) Right) will still be there, but hopefully this break will help them get back to their playoff times.
There will be no shortage of storylines in this series, from Jokic defeating Jusuf Nurkic to Carmelo Anthony facing off against his former team in a play-off series.