With the Nuggets having just 10 road games left, coach George Karl is hardly fretting though his team has been dismal on the road (12-19).
"We have not been as bad of a road team as people want to make it out to be," Karl said Tuesday. "We've been a special home team. It's how do you get to 52 or 53 (wins)? Some of the analysis ... it boggles my mind. Plus, if you win 15 road games, it's usually a good year. I don't care how good you are. Usually the formula is if you win 70 percent of your home games, 50 percent of your road games, you'll get to 50 wins."
For the Nuggets to win 50 percent of their road games this season, they would have to go 9-1 the rest of the way. That's probably not going to happen. But they can start toward that road with their Wednesday night game at Portland.
The Nuggets could be viewed as a team that can win a playoff series without home-court advantage should they not overtake Memphis for the fourth spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets currently sit fifth.
But to get there, Denver has to start playing much better defense on the road.
At the Pepsi Center, the Nuggets average 109.1 points per game and allow 99.2 points, on 44.8 percent shooting. On the road, those numbers go in reverse. Opponents are averaging 103.8 points per game, and Denver is being outscored by an average of 1.5 points.
"We've given up too many points," forward Danilo Gallinari said. "On the road, the other team scores too many points."

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