The Complex NBA Power Rankings (Week 17)

16. Denver Nuggets

Record: 33 - 27
Last Week's Rank: 17
Last Week's Results: W vs. Golden State 123-84, (Mon); W vs. Minnesota 113-107, (Wed); L @ LA Lakers 97-103, (Fri); W vs. Houston 101-86, (Sun)
This Week: @ Houston, Monday (4/16); vs. LA Clippers, Wednesday (4/18); @ Phoenix, Saturday (4/21); vs. Orlando, Sunday (4/22)
Barring a historic collapse over their last six games, the Denver Nuggets are virtually assured of finishing second in the Northwest. Then again, this is the Nuggets. That said, they had a decent week last week, starting with a 39-point romp over Golden State and concluding with a 15-point win over Houston, marred only by a six-point loss to the Lakers at Staples (a game in which only one Denver starter scored in double digits). Gallo doesn't seem to have his groove back yet, but youngster Kenneth Faried looks like a keeper. —Russ Bengtson

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