The Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche are atop and second in the National Western Conference standings.
On Friday night the Denver Nuggets took on the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center in Portland. The Nuggets have been trailing the Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Clippers until Denver went on a five-game winning streak to end the month of November on a high note.
The Nuggets are now tied with the L.A. Clippers atop the National Western Conference and a game ahead of the Warriors and a half game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Denver Nuggets are on the road for the remainder of the week with stops in Orlando (Magic), Charlotte (Hornets), and Atlanta (Hawks) before returning home on Monday next week to host the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Colorado Avalanche went into Detroit Sunday night and shut-out the Red Wings beating them 2-0. Colorado has won four of their last five and only seem to be getting better with each game.
This week the Avs are on the road also with games in Pittsburgh (Penguins), Florida (Panthers), and Tampa Bay (Lightning) before returning home next Tuesday to host the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center.
The Denver Broncos have now won three consecutive games but not without casualties. In Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Broncos starting cornerback Chris Harris Jr. went down with a broken fibula, defensive lineman Derek Wolfe left the game with bruised ribs, linebacker Josey Jewell left the game with an ankle injury, and Emmanuel Sanders left the game for a concussion protocol, but returned.
Although Denver’s defense took a beating, they still managed to play well bringing home their third straight win since their bye. Most of that help came from rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, who ran for 157 yards increasing his yard average to 6.57 a carry. That average places Lindsay at the top of all rushers ahead of Aaron Jones of Greenbay, Matt Breida of San Francisco, and Saquan Barkley of the New York Giants.
This young kid is special and although he may not be getting the accolades he deserves from the rest of the league, his performance through 12 games has him on pace to topple the league’s all-time rushing record for an undrafted rookie which was set by Dominic Rhodes in 2001 with the Indianapolis Colts. Lindsay currently has 937 yards through 12 games just 167 yards away from the record with four games still left to play.