As the Denver Nuggets approach the midway point, statistical projections have begun to appear less like conjecture and more like fact. The Nuggets, ranked 7th in Offensive Rating and 13th in Defensive Rating, are taking shape as one of the main powers in the Western Conference to match LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and the supposed juggernaut teams in Los Angeles.

To begin, I shared five statistical tidbits that help the Nuggets even the playing field with these other teams, including winning percentages, Michael Porter Jr.’s growth, and more.

Then, I delved into the weeds of lineup ratings, first starting with Denver’s best units overall and working my way toward Denver’s best units offensively. How does Denver score with Nikola Jokic off the floor? Where does Jerami Grant fit in? Can Michael Porter Jr. really play down the stretch?

All that and more in this episode.