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Week Ahead: Road games will test Denver Nuggets' resilience


After prospering from the comforts of home for the first part of January, the Denver Nuggets are ready to test their resiliency on the road.

The Nuggets will put their five-game winning streak on the line starting Monday at Utah, followed by another tough road game Wednesday at Golden State. Denver returns home Friday against Cleveland before concluding the week Sunday at Phoenix.

The four games offer a chance at payback for the Nuggets, who have lost to each of the upcoming foes at least once this season.

Here’s a quick look at each opponent:


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Utah

The Jazz lost 14 of their first 15 games to start the season but have gone 11-12 since then, including a 103-93 victory at Pepsi Center on Dec. 13. Utah could be hindered by the absence of leading scorer Gordon Hayward, who is dealing with a hip flexor injury.


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Golden State

The Warriors are the NBA’s hottest team, having won 11 of 12 games to move into fifth place in the Western Conference playoff race. Golden State, which beat the Nuggets in Denver on Dec. 23, will be well-rested following a four-day break between games.


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Cleveland

By the time the Cavaliers arrive in Denver, they will be at the end of a five-game western road trip that started with a split at Utah and Sacramento. Cleveland had a 6-12 record after snapping the Nuggets’ seven-game win streak on Dec. 12. The Cavs are 7-12 since then.


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Phoenix

Despite taking some lumps on the road of late, the Suns continue to be one of the NBA’s surprise teams. Phoenix started the week seventh in the West, two games ahead of the Nuggets, and can clinch the tiebreaker against Denver with a third win in three meetings this season.