It was an 18-game stretch offering the chance to build the momentum of a runaway 18-wheel semi-truck.

Three road games, 15 home games – and only one back-to-back set.

With one game remaining, the Denver Nuggets have already exceeded expectations during their 38-day window.

Riding a season-best seven-game winning streak, Denver will wrap up its six-game homestand Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls. The Nuggets (31-18) are 14-3 since Jan. 1, rising from seventh in the West to overtake Memphis for fourth.