Denver star Nikola Jokic wants to finish the regular season with three straight wins to ensure the Nuggets don't have to come through the play-in tournament to reach the playoffs.
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The Nuggets sit in fifth place in the West and have a two-game lead over Minnesota Timberwolves in seventh, who as it stands would have to come through the play-in tournament.
With just three games remaining, Denver are well placed to claim a top six seed but they entertain Minnesota on Thursday in their penultimate regular season game and a defeat in that match-up would leave them vulnerable.
The Nuggets play San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and then face Los Angeles Lakers in the final round of regular season fixtures, and reigning MVP Jokic is targeting three wins in a row to ensure Denver avoid the play-in tournament.
Denver have four wins in their last five games but did slip to a defeat at Minnesota earlier this month. Jokic now has his sights set on an automatic place in the playoffs and he wants the Nuggets to head into the postseason with momentum.
"I mean, win them all. It's pretty simple for us," he said, via Fadeaway World. "We lost one in Minnesota, we don't want to go to the play-in tournament. Hopefully, we can win as much so we can be 6th and above."