Four Denver's starters are battling injuries.
The good news for the Nuggets is they have as much time as possible to heal because their best-of-seven series against the Thunder is the last opening-round match to begin.
Game 1 is at 8:30 p.m. Sunday inside Oklahoma City Arena.
Health questions remained following Denver's film session Thursday.
Point guard Ty Lawson sprained his ankle early in the regular-season finale Wednesday night at Utah.
Guard Arron Afflalo continues treatment for a nagging hamstring that has caused him to miss 13 of the last 18 games.
Forward Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and center Nene' Hilario (adductor) also have missed starts.
Nuggets coach George Karl usually discusses his team's injuries openly, but said he will not be nearly as forthcoming during the postseason.
“If we can steal 15, 20 minutes of surprise by not talking about it, it has value in a playoff series,” Karl told the Denver Post on Thursday.
Reserve center Timofey Mosgov (ankle, knee), who was injured against the Thunder on April 5 in Denver, remains doubtful for Sunday's game.
— The Thunder finished with the league's highest free-throw percentage at .823, fifth-highest in NBA history.
— Sunday wasn't kind to the Thunder during the regular season (6-9). It was the only day of the week OKC had a losing record.
— Thunder Alley on Reno Avenue will open three hours before tip prior to each home playoff game.
— The Thunder's playoff series against the Nuggets will air on TNT and ESPN, but also will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma. In the first round, only ABC games are exclusive national games.
— According to http://bodog.com, the Thunder is a 12-to-1 shot to win the NBA championship, behind the Los Angeles Lakers (11/4), Miami (13/4), Chicago (7/2), San Antonio (7/1) and Boston (15/2). Denver is 35/1. The Thunder is heavily favored to beat the Nuggets (5/11).