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

Daily breakdown:

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. 

Sports Editor

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