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Tuesday, April 5th (All times eastern)

Denver Nuggets (41-31) at Memphis Grizzlies (41-31), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The battle for positioning in the Western Conference heats up tonight when the Memphis Grizzlies welcome the Denver Nuggets to FedExForum.

The teams are currently tied for seventh place in the standings -- three games ahead of ninth-place Minnesota, which is on the outside of the playoff picture. They are also just two games behind sixth-place Houston in the West.

On Saturday, Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and Denver put together a strong fourth quarter to come away with a 103-97 victory over Portland at the Rose Garden.

Earl Boykins contributed 17 points for the Nuggets, who strung together a 14-0 run to erase a three-point deficit with under seven minutes remaining. Denver received 16 points and seven assists from Andre Miller in the triumph.

The Nuggets have won three straight games, and nine of their last 10 overall. Denver is 24-6 since George Karl took over as head coach in late January, and the team is a league-best 17-2 since the All-Star break. Karl was named NBA Coach of the Month for March, after winning the same honor in February.

Denver opened a four-game road trip on Saturday and will visit New Orleans on Wednesday.

Memphis, meanwhile, has won two straight games. On Sunday, Mike Miller had 22 points and six rebounds as the Grizzlies cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-82.

Lorenzen Wright had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had lost three straight before their current spurt. Overall, Memphis has won six of its last 10 outings.

The Grizzlies, who have dropped three of their last four at home, will visit Toronto on Wednesday.

Denver is 2-0 against Memphis this season, and has won three of the last four meetings overall.

The Nuggets ended a five-game road losing streak in this series with a 97-94 overtime decision on February 25.

04/05 10:09:29 ET


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