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A Nuggets-centric guide to the final six days of the NBA season

April 6, 2018 Updated: April 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm

It has been eight years since the Avalanche and Nuggets made the playoffs in the same year. The Avalanche can clinch the playoffs with a win against St. Louis on Saturday night. The Nuggets' situation is more complicated. Denver is in ninth in the Western Conference but could realistically jump to fifth. If you are rooting for the Nuggets to make the playoffs, here are the teams to watch over the next six days:

Utah (46-33 fourth in West)
at LA Lakers
Golden State
at Portland

San Antonio (45-34 fifth)
at New Orleans

Oklahoma City (45-34 sixth)
at Houston
at Miami

New Orleans (44-34 seventh)
at Phoenix
at Golden State
San Antonio

Minnesota (44-35 eighth)
at Lakers

Denver (44-35 ninth)
at LA Clippers
at Minnesota

LA Clippers (42-37 10th)
New Orleans
LA Lakers

Daily breakdown:

New Orleans at Phoenix
Minnesota at LA Lakers

Denver at LA Clippers 1:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Golden State
Oklahoma City at Houston
Portland at San Antonio

Utah at LA Lakers

Portland at Denver 7 p.m.
Memphis at Minnesota
Oklahoma City at Miami
Sacramento at San Antonio
New Orleans at LA Clippers

Golden State at Utah

Denver at Minnesota 6 p.m.
San Antonio at New Orleans
Memphis at Oklahoma City
LA Lakers at LA Clippers
Utah at Portland

Prediction: Portland will finish third, Utah fourth, Minnesota + Oklahoma City + Denver will all finish with the same record and in fifth, sixth and seventh and New Orleans and San Antonio will basically play a win- and-you're-in game on Wednesday for the No. 8 spot.

Bonus prediction below: Joanna Jedrzejczyk recaptures the title at UFC 223.