The Denver Nuggets were at home Sunday to host the New York Knicks after beating Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday, and defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets are riding a three-game winning streak after losing three straight to the Boston Celtics. The Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers over the past couple weeks.
The Nuggets are set to host the Orlando Magic Wednesday night and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets beat the Magic in Orlando back on November 2nd and the Timberwolves in overtime on November 11th in Minnesota. Both teams are looking to exact revenge on the fourth place Western Conference Nuggets while Denver looks to regain its foothold in the West after the L.A. Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks have both leap frogged them.
The Colorado Avalanche dropped one Monday night in St. Louis to the Blues in a 2-5 loss. The Avalanche are three points behind the Western Conference leading Blues who have now won three straight including their win over Colorado Monday night.
The Avalanche are back in Chicago Wednesday night to face the Blackhawks hoping to gain some ground on the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division. Colorado is back home Thursday night to host the Carolina Hurricanes. The Avalanche have already beat the Blackhawks twice this season and Thursday nightís game against Carolina will be their first contest. The Blackhawks are dead last in the division, however they are coming off a win over the Minnesota Wild. The Hurricanes just blewout the Calgary Flames on Saturday night 4-0.
The Denver Broncos are officially eliminated from playoff contentions after losing to the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday morning at a snowy Arrowhead Stadium. After quarterback Drew Lockís hot start with wins over the L.A. Chargers and the Houston Texans, fans held on to a sliver of hope that he might lead the Broncos to victory on Sunday. The Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had something else in mind as he slung the ball around the field in the snow as if it were non-existent. Lock ended the game on 18 of 40 for 208 yards and one interception while Patrick Mahomes was 27 of 34 for 340 yards two touchdowns and one interception.
The loss on Sunday hit hard for many, especially linebacker Von Miller who had this to say, ďTough loss. Itís hard because I really donít even know what to say. I donít know how we got to this point. I donít know how we win like this, I really donít. Itís tough being where weíre at. Itís tough being 30 years old and going out there with whatever issues Iím dealing with and still coming up so short.Ē Miller went on to say that the team made the playoffs for 5 straight years and that he was at a loss for words.
The Denver Broncos have two remaining games at home to host the Detroit Lions this Sunday at 2:05 p.m. MST, and the Oakland Raiders Sunday, December 29 at 2:25 p.m. MST.