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Wednesday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Denver Nuggets (43-25) at Memphis Grizzlies (17-49), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets will be attempting to extend a pair of winning streaks when the Northwest Division leaders invade FedEx Forum tonight for a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Denver not only enters this evening's battle having won its last three games, but the club has not lost to the Grizzlies in nearly two years. The Nuggets have taken six straight meetings in this series, including a pair of encounters earlier this season, and have won three times in Memphis over that unbeaten stretch.

However, the Nuggets have not fared too well on the road against other teams lately. The team has lost its last six away tests and hasn't won as the visitor since a February 18 triumph at Philadelphia. For the season, Denver is 17-17 in road games.

The Nuggets maintained their slim lead over Portland and Utah in the competitive Northwest with Monday's home rout of New Jersey. J.R. Smith and Nene led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points each in Denver's 121-96 victory, which avenged an embarrassing 44-point loss to the Nets last month.

Chauncey Billups compiled 14 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who are a half-game ahead of the Trail Blazers and one up on the Jazz in the division standings.

Portland managed to keep pace in the race with Monday's 103-92 ousting of the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. The loss was Memphis' 13th in its last 15 games.

The Grizzlies did receive 21 points out of rookie O.J. Mayo and 20 from Mike Conley in their latest defeat, while Rudy Gay posted 17 points and 11 rebounds on the evening.

Memphis could be without a pair of key reserves for tonight's tilt, as both center Darko Milicic (back) and forward Darrell Arthur (knee) left Monday's contest in the first half and are questionable for this game.

The Grizzlies fell to 12-22 at home with Monday's setback and have dropped four straight as the host.

03/18 10:43:55 ET

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