9. Denver Nuggets

Record: 6 - 3
Last Week's Rank: 10
Last Week's Results: W vs. L.A. Lakers, 99-90 (Sun); W vs. Milwaukee, 91-86 (Mon); W vs. Sacramento, 110-83 (Wed); W @ New Orleans, 96-88 (Fri); L @ San Antonio, 121-117 (Sat)
This Week: vs. New Orleans, Monday (1/9); vs. New Jersey, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Miami, Friday (1/13); vs. Utah, Sunday (1/15)

When you play five games in a week, going 4-1 is something to be proud of. Especially when the one loss comes without Nene against the Spurs, in a game where they scrapped back from being down 20 to lose by just four. Sure, there are no moral victories, but it's hard to find fault in a team that shoots 50 percent from three and 56 percent from the floor. Well, except for their shooting 65 percent from the line. The Nuggets are home all week this week, with what appears to be an easy slate with the exception of the 8-1 Heat. We'll see. —Russ Bengtson