NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 5th (All times eastern)
Denver Nuggets (29-29) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-32), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets attempt to extend their season-high winning streak to six games, as they visit the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Staples Center.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 3rd, the Clippers knocked off the Nuggets, 102-98, at the Pepsi Center. The teams will meet once more in the 2004-05 campaign, as the Nuggets will host the Clippers on March 18th.
The home team has won seven of 11 and 12 of the last 17 meetings in this series. The Clippers have won two of three and six of the last eight contests. Denver has lost seven of its last eight at the Clippers.
On Thursday, Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 28 points and Marcus Camby finished with 17 points and a season-high 22 rebounds, as the Nuggets downed the Indiana Pacers, 96-87, at the Pepsi Center.
Francisco Elson added 14 points and Earl Boykins netted 12 against Indiana to help the Nuggets win their fifth straight contest. Denver was without forward Kenyon Martin, who did not dress because of left knee tendinitis. Martin is questionable for tonight's game.
Denver, which has allowed under 100 points in 14 of its last 15 games, is 15-23 when it scores under 100 points this season.
Under the guidance of head coach George Karl, the Nuggets have compiled a 12-4 record. Karl became the team's general on January 27th when he replaced interim head coach Michael Cooper.
The Nuggets are just 11-20 as the visitor this season. Denver has won two straight on the road and is 6-4 in its last 10 away from home.
The Clippers, who have won seven straight as the host, play the middle contest of a three-game homestand. Los Angeles will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday in the final game of the stand.
LA comes into tonight's game off a solid victory. On Wednesday, Corey Maggette scored 34 points with eight rebounds, and the Clippers rolled to a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Elton Brand added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, while Bobby Simmons scored 18 in the win.
Maggette has scored in double-digits in 10 straight games. He is averaging 21.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in that span. The Duke product is the Clippers leading scorer at 21.1 points per game.
The Clippers are a solid 20-10 as the host this season.
03/05 10:06:28 ET