It wasn’t exactly how the Denver Nuggets wanted to win the Northwest Division, but somehow the Phoenix Suns saved the Nuggets franchise with their destruction of the Utah Jazz.
Now the Nuggets get to host the opening round of the playoffs against a Jazz team that is more beat up than Denver. The team is dealing with injures to AK-47 and Carlos Boozer, not to mention Utah probably has the worst depth in the league.
You know things are in trouble when you go to Kosta Koufos, Kyrylo Fesenko and Ronnie Price, things may be different if Kirilenko and Boozer are healthy and even when they are Denver will have the advantage with its bench. Not to mention the Nuggets won the season series between the two squads, 3-1 with a plus 5.3:
- Oct. 28, Wednesday: at Denver beat Utah in the season opener, 114-105
- Jan. 2, Saturday: Denver beat at Utah, 105-95
- Jan. 17, Sunday: at Denver beat Utah, 119-112
- Feb. 6, Saturday: at Utah beat Denver, 116-1006
After a little mishap from the NBA, which originally scheduled the games Sunday and Tuesday at the Pepsi Center – the same nights as the Avalanches playoff games: The Nuggets playoff schedule is as followed;
- Saturday, Utah at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (MT), ESPN
- Monday, Utah at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (MT), TNT
- Friday, Denver at Utah, 8:30 p.m. (MT), ESPN2
- Sunday, April 25, Denver at Utah, 7:30 p.m. (MT) TNT
Check back tomorrow for a preview of the playoff series.