PER Diem: Jan. 28, 2009

It might not receive top billing, but Wednesday's Nuggets-Hornets game could have major playoff implications.

Updated: January 28, 2009, 2:52 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

The names might not set off cash registers in the minds of TV execs, but we have ourselves a marquee matchup Wednesday night, a pairing that very well could be a preview of a Western Conference semifinal.

According to the Playoff Odds, Denver and New Orleans project to finish second and third in the West, respectively, and that has been the case for most of the past several weeks. So tonight's matchup, along with their next and final meeting March 25, could go a long way toward determining ...

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