LOS ANGELES — The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers meet on national TV Wednesday night as two teams on wildly different trajectories.
The Clippers have come alive in the Western Conference playoff race by winning 11 of their last 14 games. On Monday, they beat the Houston Rockets in a game that spawned a confrontation involving a little-used tunnel and a thousand memes. They sit just a half game behind the Nuggets entering Wednesday's matchup (8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN).
The margin between the two teams has gotten so thin because Denver is slumping. Michael Malone's team has lost six of its last 10. It nearly blew a 23-point lead to the Mavericks on Tuesday but held on for a white-knuckled win.