by Micah Hart
As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.
With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Denver Nuggets, who played three straight from Dec. 31 – Jan 2.
Game 1: Lakers 92, Nuggets 89 – Denver was a blown layup from perhaps becoming the first team to sweep the three-fer, instead Danilo Gallinari‘s shot missed the mark and the Lakers prevailed in Los Angeles. -2 points
Game 2: Nuggets 99, Lakers 90 – The rare back-to-back between the same two teams, and the Nuggets get their revenge in Denver with a nine-point win. Safe to say at this point the Nuggets are a better team? 3 points
Game 3: Nuggets 91, Bucks 86 – Gallinari atones for his miss at LA, as he dropped 21 and 10 to help the Nuggets pull out a win over the Bucks. 5 points
Ah, what could have been for Denver. Justthisclose to sweeping the thre games, but I am sure they’ll take 2-1 with the only loss coming on the road at Staples Center. Not quite as good as Houston, but still a nice showing for Denver with with 6 total points.
Up next: The Sacramento Kings are on deck, with three games in a row Jan. 3-5: at Memphis, at Denver, and home against the Bucks.