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Wednesday, April 6th (All times eastern)

Denver Nuggets (42-31) at New Orleans Hornets (18-55), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Denver Nuggets continue to try and move up in the standings in the Western Conference playoff race, as they visit the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena.

The Nuggets are in seventh place in the West and hold a one-game lead over No. 8 Memphis. Denver is just one game behind the Houston Rockets for the sixth seed.

Denver, which has won four in a row and 10 of its last 11 overall, comes into tonight's game off a huge win. Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Nuggets to a 94-91 victory over the Grizzlies on Tuesday at FedExForum.

Forward Kenyon Martin returned to the lineup against Memphis after missing four games with a bruised chest, and netted 20 in the win for the Nuggets, while Andre Miller had 18 points and six assists in the victory.

Anthony has scored more than 20 points in five of his last six games. He is averaging 20.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in his last 10 contests.

Under the leadership of head coach George Karl, the Nuggets have compiled an impressive 25-6 record. Karl became the team's general on January 27th when he replaced interim head coach Michael Cooper.

The Nuggets are just 16-21 as the visitor this season. They are playing the third of a four-game road trip. Denver will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at the Target Center.

New Orleans starts a three-game homestand tonight. The Hornets will also host the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers on the current stand.

The Hornets will attempt to win back-to-back games for just the fifth time this season. On Tuesday, Lee Nailon netted 19 points off the bench to lead the way for New Orleans as it defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 96-86, at Philips Arena.

P.J. Brown finished with 13 points and six rebounds in the win over Atlanta for the Hornets, who won for the second time in their last three games. Chris Andersen tallied 12 points and Dan Dickau finished with eight assists in the win.

New Orleans, which is 4-15 in Wednesday games this season, is a dismal 11-25 at home. The Hornets have lost five straight as the host.

04/06 10:26:14 ET

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