11. Denver Nuggets

Record: 25 - 20
Last Week's Rank: 13
Last Week's Results: W vs. Atlanta 118-117, (Tue); L vs. Oklahoma City 90-103, (Thu); W vs. Boston 98-91, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Dallas, Monday (3/19); vs. Detroit, Wednesday (3/21); @ Utah, Friday (3/23); @ Minnesota, Sunday (3/25)

Two wins out of their last three, seven of their last 10—the Denver Nuggets are solidly entrenched in second place in the Northwest Division, and moving on up. While they have essentially no shot at catching the Thunder (who handed them their sole loss last week), they should be able to stay in front of the Jazz, Wolves and Blazers. Still, the Nuggets should expect more than that. This week's games at Utah and at Minnesota should allow them to gain even more ground. —Russ Bengtson