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 LakersGolden Stateat Portland
San Antonio (45-34 fifth)PortlandSacramentoat New Orleans
Oklahoma City (45-34 sixth)at Houstonat MiamiMemphis
New Orleans (44-34 seventh)at Phoenixat Golden StateSan Antonio
Minnesota (44-35 eighth)at LakersMemphisDenver
Denver (44-35 ninth)at LA ClippersPortlandat Minnesota
LA Clippers (42-37 10th)DenverNew OrleansLA Lakers
FridayNew Orleans at PhoenixMinnesota at LA Lakers
SaturdayDenver at LA Clippers 1:30 p.m.New Orleans at Golden StateOklahoma City at HoustonPortland at San Antonio
SundayUtah at LA Lakers
MondayPortland at Denver 7 p.m.Memphis at MinnesotaOklahoma City at MiamiSacramento at San AntonioNew Orleans at LA Clippers
TuesdayGolden State at Utah
WednesdayDenver at Minnesota 6 p.m.San Antonio at New OrleansMemphis at Oklahoma CityLA Lakers at LA ClippersUtah 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.