After a short flight home from what was a disappointing loss in Houston on Sunday night, the Spurs took Monday off as a day of rest and recovery.

They certainly could use it.

Hell Week has arrived at the AT&T Center, with the Spurs steeled for a brutal homestand against three of the NBA’s top six teams sure to test both their grip on the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and their preparedness for the playoffs.

The Denver Nuggets arrive on Wednesday fresh off a 15-game winning streak that ended Monday in New Orleans. By the time LeBron James and Miami come to town Easter Sunday, the Heat could be eyeing consecutive victory No. 30.

In between, the Spurs face a Los Angeles Clippers squad that earlier his season rattled off 17 wins in a row.

“I don’t really care about the streaks,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “What I do know, we are facing three of the best six teams in the league, and we’re not playing that well.”

It is an end-of-March gantlet that feels like some kind of NBA-sanctioned fraternity hazing prank.

With Oklahoma City lurking two games back in the loss column, this could be the telltale week in the Spurs’ quest to retain the West’s top seed.

Denver’s franchise-best streak, which began Feb. 23 in Charlotte, catapulted the Nuggets as high as third in the West.

Miami’s streak, which kicked off Feb. 3 at Toronto, hit 27 and counting with Monday’s win over Orlando and trails only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33) for longest in NBA history. With it, the Heat have brushed past the Spurs in the hunt for the league’s top mark.

The Clippers are a pedestrian 24-16 since their streak went belly up New Year’s Day in Denver but still own the league’s fifth-best mark.