Denver Nuggets: Are They Being Underrated Right Now?

The Denver Nuggets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 124-121 with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation on Monday night on Kyle Kuzma‘s game-winning three-point shot.

However, the Denver Nuggets looked very good at various moments throughout the game and they are very deep. Gary Harris Jr. and Will Barton have yet to play.

Michael Porter Jr. has popped big time in the bubble. He could potentially be a superstar one day. Porter Jr. and Lebron James exchanged words on Instagram after the game.

Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points and made all six of his shots from the field. Eight players scored in double figures.

He was the 14th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2018 NBA Draft out of the University of Missouri. Porter Jr. had top five potential, but he slipped because of back issues.

PJ Dozier scored 18 points. He shot 71.4 percent from the field. Dozier also grabbed four rebounds, recorded four assists, and blocked one shot.

Torrey Craig, Keita Bates-Diop, Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris, and Bol Bol are some of the other key role players on this roster though.

Bol Bol was also going to be a first-round pick, but he was a second-round pick (44th overall selection) in the 2019 NBA Draft. Bol scored eight points on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

Bol Bol played college basketball at the University of Oregon though.

Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Paul Milsap are their three best players on the team though at the moment.

Jokic is the heart and soul of this basketball team though. He also lost weight during the pandemic though.

Head Coach Mike Malone has done a tremendous job coaching this team and they will be heading to the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

As of right now, the Denver Nuggets (46-25) are currently the third seed in the Western Conference. Had they won on Monday night, Denver would have had a chance to be the number three seed, but I guess they want to avoid #7 Dallas Mavericks (43-30).

However, Dallas is only one game back of the Utah Jazz (43-28) for the #6 spot in the Western Conference. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis could cause the Denver Nuggets fits though.

Denver would play Utah if the season ended today, but the regular season will end this Friday, August 14.

The Nuggets are only one game up on the Houston Rockets (44-25) for the third seed in the Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder (43-27) are 2.5 games back of Denver.

The Los Angeles Clippers are currently the number two seed and up 1.5 games on the Denver Nuggets for the second season in the Western Conference.

The Los Angeles Lakers (52-18) are locked into the number one seed. Denver is 6.5 games back of them.

The Denver Nuggets are one of the most underrated teams in the Western Conference because of their depth.

I know everyone is talking about Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony of the Portland Trail Blazers (33-39) being dangerous, but Denver is better than them in ways.

If neither of the Los Angeles teams wins the Western Conference, it will most likely be the Denver Nuggets. They remind me a lot of last year’s Toronto Raptors though when they had Kawhi Leonard though.

The Nuggets final two games will be against the Los Angeles Clippers (47-23) at 9 p.m. on Eastern Wednesday on ESPN and against the Toronto Raptors (51-19) at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday.

Do you think the Denver Nuggets are a sleeper team in the Western Conference? Leave a comment below.

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