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Regular Season Record: 54-28
Head-to-Head Record: 4-0
Last NBA Championship: Never
Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
How They Got Here: The Nuggets won their first playoff series in 15 years, defeating the New Orleans Hornets in five games of the first round. They were on the winning end of a 121-63 shellacking in Game 4, which marked the most lopsided road win in NBA playoff history, before finishing off the series at home two nights later.
A Reason To Cheer For The Nuggets: The Nuggets' next opponent is the Dallas Mavericks, a team that they had a perfect 4-0 record against in the regular season. Carmelo Anthony averaged 31.3 points and nine rebounds playing in three of those wins. The new-look Nuggets have had an impressive season, fueled by the acquisition of Chauncey Billups in exchange for Allen Iverson in November. While they hardly boast a history of playoff greatness (zero championships), Denver's time has to come sooner or later. With veteran leadership and the confidence of a successful year behind them, the Nuggets could surprise people this post-season. Between Billups and Anthony, the Nuggets have two superb players that can be relied upon in high-pressure situations. Denver is strong on the road and they're a confident squad. If they can work up some physicality, the Nuggets could break their string of playoff failure.
Players to Watch: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, Nene Hilaro, Kenyon Martin