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Denver Nuggets

What to watch on NBA League Pass for the week of Jan. 7-Jan. 13

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The Nuggets look to continue their winning ways while the Suns and Mavs meet for the third time this season (NBA.com Illustration)

From Jan. 7-Jan. 13, 25 games are set to air on national TV, but there are a number of other can't-miss games throughout the week that can only be found on NBA League Pass.

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From this week's team to watch to the biggest matchups throughout the week, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Denver Nuggets

Monday, Jan. 7 @ Houston, 8 p.m. | Tuesday, Jan. 8 @ Miami, 7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Jan. 10 vs. LA Clippers (NBA TV Canada), 9 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 12 @ Phoenix, 9 p.m. | Sunday, Jan. 13 vs. Portland (NBA TV Canada), 8 p.m.

The Nuggets enter the week having won five straight and will be put to the test with five games in seven days - three of which can be found exclusively on NBA League Pass.

Denver has cemented itself as the West's No. 1 seed thanks to its recent streak. At 26-11, the Nuggets have a 1.5 game lead over the defending-champion Warriors, who enter the week at 26-14.

MORE: Denver comes in at No. 1 in this week's power rankings

Perhaps the most impressive part of Denver sitting atop the Western Conference standings as they approach the midway point of the season is the number of injuries the team has dealt with. Starters Will Barton (35 games), Gary Harris (13 games) and Paul Millsap (eight games) have missed a combined 56 games with injuries while free agent acquisition Isaiah Thomas and draft picks Michael Porter Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt have yet to make their season debuts.

Both Harris and Millsap recently returned to action and Will Barton is nearing his return, but it has been Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray that have paced the Nuggets during their recent streak. Over the past five-game stretch, Jokic is averaging 25.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 9.0 assists while shooting 59.1 percent from the field; Murray is averaging 25.8 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds while shooting a red-hot 56.8 percent from beyond the arc.

MORE: Murray, Nuggets focused on big goals in 2018-19

Denver will lean on the duo of Jokic and Murray when it opens the week with a back-to-back - the team visits James Harden and the Rockets Monday before travelling to Miami to take on the Heat Tuesday. The Nuggets return home to host the Clippers on NBA TV Canada Thursday before closing the week with a back-to-back as they visit the Suns Saturday before closing the week at home against the Trail Blazers on NBA TV Canada.

Best Games of the Week

Monday, Jan. 7: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8: Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10: Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13: Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks, 1 p.m.

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