Nuggets Vs. Suns: Phoenix Vying For Final Playoff Spot

April6, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Phoenix Suns center Channing Frye (8) attempts to block the shot by Denver Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo (6) during the first quarter of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

The Phoenix Suns are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but they'll need to get past the Denver Nuggets first.

The Denver Nuggets are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers but can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday afternoon. The Nuggets own the tie breaker with the Suns in playoff seeding, winning the first two match ups of the season and could sweep the series on Saturday. In their last five games against the Jazz, the Nuggets have averaged 120 points per game and has won all five meetings.

The Suns on the other hand are fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, sitting one and half games behind the Nuggets and tied with the Utah Jazz. A loss on Saturday could but a big dent in the Suns playoff hopes, so every game going forward is an important one. The Suns control their own playoff destiny however, so a win against the Nuggets will just get them closer to that goal.

For more on the Denver Nuggets, visit SB Nation's Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver. For more on the Phoenix Suns visit SB Nation's Suns blog Bright Side Of The Sun and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the NBA in general, visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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