14. Denver Nuggets

Record: 18 - 17
Last Week's Rank: 13
Last Week's Results: W vs. Minnesota 103-101, (Mon); L @ LA Clippers 95-103, (Wed); L vs. San Antonio 99-114, (Thu)
This Week: vs. Portland, Wednesday (2/29); @ Houston, Friday (3/2); @ San Antonio, Sunday (3/4)

That #struggle life continues for the Denver Nuggets, whose early-season success seems like it was some sort of fever dream. Only a two-point win over the division rival Timberwolves kept them from an 0-3 week, and things don't get any easier next week with games against Portland (who've already passed them in the division standings), Houston, and the resurgent Spurs. Injuries have played a large role, as only Al Harrington and Andre Miller have played in all 35 games, but at some point the Nuggets need to rise above. —Russ Bengtson