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Game Results

Dallas Mavericks 112, Denver Nuggets 92

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Denver Nuggets 132, Portland Trail Blazers 120

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Denver Nuggets 127, New York Knicks 114

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Power Rankings

ESPN (Marc Stein)

Current: 19
Last week: 20

How much satisfaction did it give the Nuggets to drub the visiting Knicks in a game Carmelo Anthony had declared a must-win for the New Yorkers? How much satisfaction did it give Kenneth Faried to lead the way for Denver with 25 points just days removed from a surprising DNP-CD in Washington and a mere eight-minute stint in Dallas? Those are the easy questions in the Rocky Mountains, where what they really want to know is whether Mike Malone has finally found something after moving both Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic into the starting lineup. The Nuggets scored a combined 259 points in wins over the Blazers and Knicks since the changes, but those eruptions came against two bottom-five defenses.

NBA (John Schuhmann)

Current: 21
Last week: 24

Maybe the Nuggets' latest starting lineup - Emmanual Mudiay, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Jokic - is the one that will work. It was a plus-10 in its first two games (as a starting unit) together, two games that the Nuggets never trailed. They had eight guys in double-figures in Thursday's win over Portland and seven in Saturday's win over New York. The new rotation is smaller - with Jusuf Nurkic and Darrell Arthur seeing minimal minutes - and hasn't been very good defensively. So we'll see how it works against teams that don't rank in the bottom five in defensive efficiency themselves.

Sport’s Illustrated (Jeremy Woo)

Current: 20
Last week: 21

The Nuggets (and Kings) have a tiny window into eight-seed contention in the West, thanks largely to Portland’s struggles. One of those three teams might pull the Warriors in the first round. Hide your eyes.

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Current: 19
Last week: 19

Every time you think they're in a terminal spiral, they respond. Every time you think they've turned a corner, they slam into a wall. I give up trying to figure this team out, but it should be noted that since getting Gary Harris back and changing the starting lineup, they are a whole new team.

Nuggets Podcasts

Locked on Nuggets: the Jokic - Faried pairing and why it works

Locked on Nuggets: A turning point in the season

Locked on Nuggets: If I ruled the world

Locked on Nuggets: They say the darkest hour is right before dawn

Colorado Sports Guys: Nikola Jokic and the unusual skill set that bedevils the Nuggets

The Phonetic: How John Calipari and Mike Miller helped Jamal Murray regain his stroke

Nuggets Articles

Will Jamal Murray emerge as the steal of the 2016 NBA draft?
After a staggering shooting slump to start his NBA career, Jamal Murray is making an impact with the Nuggets. Will the teenager go down as the best rookie from his 2016 class?

Stats: Jolly Old Saint Nikola
A look at the impact Nikola Jokic has on the Nuggets

The top five NBA rookies, ranked by their best skill
While it’s been a disappointing season thus far for most first-year players, a handful of rookies have stood out due to very particular NBA-ready abilities. But who has made the most seamless transition?

Trading Wilson Chandler makes too much sense for everyone
The Nuggets have a difficult decision to make, but if they want to be honest with themselves, shopping Chandler is the smart move

Wilson Chandler is still waiting
Wilson Chandler on his strong season, even as the Nuggets struggle

Every NBA team’s best jersey ever, ranked from 30 to 1
Where do the Nuggets fall on this list? Hint: it’s good. Real good.

Knicks-Nuggets will have Hernangomez family glued to TV
The Spanish brothers played against each other on Saturday night

Nuggets Coach Michael Malone working to pare rotation down
Sacrifice is key as Nuggets sift through healthy rotation

Stuck between a Manimal and a hard place, Nuggets need to trade Kenneth Faried
It’s obvious the coach Michael Malone has lost a little faith in his sixth-year veteran

Basket, NBA, Gallinari: “I’m a great player, but I’m missing a ring and an All-Star appearance”
Danilo Gallinari interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)

NBA Inside Stuff: Nuggets rookie Jamal Murray on his fast start: