Can the Denver Nuggets steal the #1 seed in the Western Conference?

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With just 16 games left in the regular season, the Denver Nuggets sit in second place in the west, just one and a half games behind the Warriors. The Nuggets were unable to take advantage of the Warriors recent stumbles, but have a shot at closing that gap, and stealing the number one seed in the Western Conference.

The Nuggets have a slightly more difficult run-in for the rest of their regular season games. Out of their 16 remaining games, 11 of them are coming against teams who are playoff-bound, including a faceoff with the Warriors on April second. Golden State will only have to play six playoff-bound teams in their remaining 15 games, giving the Warriors the slight edge in strength of schedule.

Both the Nuggets and the Warriors are suffering from injuries, but Golden State will be more impacted after losing Kevin Durant last week. The small forward picked up an ankle injury that will keep him out of at least two or three games, with this injury carrying the potential of aggravating later in the playoffs. The Nuggets are in an interesting position on the injury front. Denver is relatively healthy at the moment, and have Michael Porter Jr. still recovering from injury. The exciting rookie has yet to make his NBA debut, but could be on the floor for the Nuggets sometime in the near future, giving Denver an explosive new weapon in the later parts of the season.

Anything can happen in the last few weeks of the regular season, so make sure to keep a close eye on this race in the Western Conference standings. With Nikola Jokic leading Denver, and the countless All-Star talents on the Warriors, these two teams are bound to put on a show in the next decisive weeks.

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