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Denver, OKC to vie for top spot in West

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The Denver Nuggets woke up Thursday morning in a spot no one expected them to be in at any point of the season -- atop the Western Conference standings.

They'll have to bring their best Friday night if they want to stay there.

Denver (18-9) was percentage points ahead of Golden State and a half-game up on Oklahoma City entering Thursday's schedule. The Thunder (17-9) have a chance to change the picture when they play at Denver on Friday night.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 A. Drummond, Det15.4
2 H. Whiteside, Mia13.7
3 D. Jordan, Dal13.6
4 J. Embiid, Phi13.3
5 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil13.1
6 A. Davis, NO12.4
7 R. Gobert, Uta12.2
8 K. Towns, Min11.8
9 C. Capela, Hou11.7
10 T. Thompson, Cle11.6
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 H. Whiteside, Mia2.91
2 M. Turner, Ind2.81
3 A. Davis, NO2.77
4 J. McGee, LAL2.54
5 C. Capela, Hou2.00
6 R. Gobert, Uta1.93
7 J. Embiid, Phi1.93
8 A. Drummond, Det1.88
9t B. Lopez, Mil1.85
9t M. Robinson, NY1.85
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