Nikola Jokic, Nuggets can’t be beat when these two trends play out

The Denver Nuggets are becoming the best team in the second half in the Western Conference after leading 8-2 in the last 10 games. Their final game, a 138-130 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, pushed their season record to 38-26. The problem for them is that both the leading teams, The Mavericks and Jazz, are also leading 8-2 in the last 10 games. The good news for that team is that the Warriors are leading 2-8 during that time.

Going back to the Nuggets win over the Pelicans, it added another win to a couple of streaks you might not have known Denver had. Is the aptly named Statzman pointed out on Twitter, The Nuggets have won seven games in a row overtime. This is the longest running streak in the NBA and something to think about the next time a Denver game takes place in the OT. It’s surprising that the Nuggets managed to stretch the game after being overtaken by a total of 25 points in the second and third quarters. In the fourth inning, however, Nikola Jokic dropped 30 of the team’s 40 points to help finish when the regulation ended. Joki really outshines the whole New Orleans offense and looks like a haunted man. This is the second time in the last four games that the Nuggets have scored more than 120 points. Denver has also achieved this feat three times in their last eight games. This is important because the Nuggets haven’t lost a game all year where they’ve scored 120 or more points. While Denver’s offense ranked 11th in points per game in 111, they’ve turned up the heat in recent games and raised that number to 120.3 PPG in the last three. Therefore, if both of those trends continue, we could witness an epic run from this team.

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