The OKC Thunder's path to winning the Northwest Division title

Minnesota Timberwolves v Oklahoma City Thunder
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Shutting out the Denver Nuggets?

The standings have recently shifted, as the Minnesota Timberwolves have been experiencing severe injury woes.

All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns being out with a meniscus tear has swung the cracked door wide open for the Thunder to win the 2023-24 division title.

Oklahoma City recently played their final division game against the Utah Jazz and secured the 119-107 victory, bringing their final division record to 12-4.

With their win over the Jazz, Mark Daigneault's club has all but officially eliminated the Denver Nuggets from claiming their second straight divisional crown, as their current record squaring off against Northwest foes is 7-5, making the divisional title almost strictly a two-team race between the Thunder and Wolves.

For the Nuggets to win the Northwest Division they must finish with a better overall record than both the current top dogs. For that to occur, Denver will likely need to defeat Minnesota in their final two remaining matchups, but more on those two games a bit later.

Additionally, the Nuggets could not finish in a three-way tie with the Thunder and Wolves because that would likely favor the Thunder as well, as they hold two tiebreakers in the head-to-head season series and the better overall division record.