Home Court Advantage Continues to Be Huge for Denver Nuggets

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In a season where the Western Conference appears to be dominated by the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, the team that no one wants to see on the road is the Denver Nuggets.

Denver boasts one the the NBA‘s top records at home this season, with their 29-3 record being topped only by the Miami Heat‘s 30-3. As a matter of fact, the Heat are one of the few teams to have beaten the Nuggets at home. The others? The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards. Go figure.

The Nuggets have been especially unbeatable at home of late, having won 14 straight games including victories over the Thunder (twice), the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and most recently a 20-point blowout of the New York Knicks.

Denver’s fast-break offense is a perfect fit for the elevated atmosphere, giving the Nuggets a true advantage that most teams aren’t conditioned enough to match for a full 48 minutes. Denver constantly pushes the basketball to speed up the game’s pace and get their opponent into a track meet-type of game, which favors the Nuggets more times than not.

Despite their home dominance the Nuggets are a completely different team on the road. Denver is only 15-19 away from the Pepsi Center and currently trail a tough Los Angeles Clippers team by a game for the fourth seed and home court advantage, so securing the higher seed is crucial for the Nuggets.

The Nuggets are one of the NBA’s most exciting teams, but if they don’t move up into the fourth seed their season may end on a disappointing note due to their struggles away from Denver. But if the Nuggets do indeed improve their standings they will be a dangerous match up for anyone in the West.

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