4. Denver Nuggets

Record: 14 - 6
Last Week's Rank: 4
Last Week's Results: W @ Sacramento 122-93, (Wed); W vs. Toronto 96-81, (Fri); L vs. LA Clippers 109-105, (Sun)
This Week: @ Memphis, Tuesday (1/31); @ LA Clippers, Thursday (2/2); vs. LA Lakers, Friday (2/3); @ Portland, Saturday (2/4)

The Denver Nuggets had won six in a row before running into the buzzsaw that is the Los Angeles Clippers, who rode Denver prodigal Chauncey Billups to a four-point win on Sunday night. If revenge is on their minds, they won't have to wait long — they face the Clips again, this time in Los Angeles, on Thursday. The Clippers game kicks off a three games in three nights set including the Lakers the following night (back at home), and finishes with the division rival Blazers on Saturday. This is where things get fun. —Russ Bengtson