It's unclear whether they'll be having huevos rancheros in Houston, smoked meat in Memphis or otoro maki in Oakland, but the Nuggets do know their first playoff meals will actually be in Denver.

For the past two seasons, Denver has opened up at Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, but the Nuggets have locked up home-court advantage in the first round, with an opponent likely not determined until after all of Wednesday's games. The Nuggets (37-3 at home) host Phoenix in Wednesday's regular-season finale.

"I know teams don't like to play (at the Pepsi Center). Hopefully they'll struggle with the thought of playing there," Nuggets coach George Karl said after Monday's win in Milwaukee. "But we're still going to have to play good basketball to win a seven-game series. A seven-game series is the greatest test of competitive teams — try to beat a team four out of seven, I don't care how good they are. You've got to be smart, you've got be good and sometimes you've got to be a little lucky."

Because the Clippers won Tuesday, Denver's magic number is still one. In order for the Nuggets to secure the No. 3 seed, either they must beat the Suns or the Clippers must lose at Sacramento. If neither happens, the Clippers would become third and Denver would be fourth, hosting the Grizzlies in the first two games of the first round.

Regardless of their seeding, the Nuggets appear to be in a good place mentally heading into the playoffs, which will begin this weekend, likely Saturday. Yes, Kenneth Faried (ankle) is out and will be day to day heading into the postseason. And yes, Danilo Gallinari (knee) is out for the season. But this deep Denver team has won seven of its past eight games, the lone loss coming in overtime at Dallas.