Week Ahead: Finish line in sight for Nuggets

Denver plays three games in four nights as end of 2013-14 draws near
by Aaron Lopez

The finish line is in sight.

After two days off to start the week, the Nuggets play three games in four nights as part of a final push toward the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.

Denver completes a home-and-home set against the Houston Rockets at Pepsi Center on Wednesday, followed by a back-to-back at Golden State on Thursday. The Nuggets wrap up the week at home Saturday against the Utah Jazz.

Here’s a quick look at each opponent:

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Battling for home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Rockets overcame a 14-point deficit in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and beat the Nuggets in overtime on Sunday. Houston can clinch the No. 4 seed by beating the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Golden State

Like Houston, the Warriors are battling for seeding in the West. They started the week a game-and-a-half behind No. 5 Portland and a game-and-a-half ahead of No. 7 Dallas. Denver and Golden State have split two meetings this season and will play again at Pepsi Center on April 16.

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The Jazz have the worst record in the West and are 3-17 since Feb. 27, but they’ve played well against the Nuggets. Utah won in Denver on Dec. 13 and then beat the Nuggets in Salt Lake City a month later.