WESTSIDE

When discussing the West these days, you have to start with the playoff race. The from the two seed all the way down to the eight seed is incredibly small. I mean it’s only THREE losses currently – which is quite extraordinary, considering we are approximately 75 games in (Editor’s note: After Denver’s beatdown of Portland on Thursday, the Blazers are now 4 losses back of the #2 Utah Jazz in the loss column). When breaking down how teams stack up against each other this close to the second season, I like to put things into perspective based on how likely it is for each team to win the title this year. When looking at it this way, Denver needs to be addressed right after the Lakers in the West.

Several times during the last 14 months I have thought that the Nuggs had real...

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