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Monday, April 11th (All times eastern)

Golden State Warriors (31-46) at Denver Nuggets (45-31), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Denver Nuggets try to clinch a playoff berth tonight, as they go for their eighth straight win when they host the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center.

Denver is No. 7 in the West and leads the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies by one game. The Nuggets are just 1/2 game behind Houston for the sixth spot.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The Warriors defeated Denver on December 27th and January 17th at The Arena in Oakland, while the Nuggets beat Golden State, 107-91, on February 5th at the Pepsi Center.

Golden State has lost three in a row and nine of its last 12 at Denver.

The Nuggets, who would tie their season-best for consecutive wins if they are victorious tonight, play the second of a four-game homestand tonight. On Saturday, Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Earl Boykins had 23 on 8-of-11 shooting as Denver cruised past Seattle SuperSonics, 121-105, at the Pepsi Center.

Andre Miller dished out a season-high 17 assists and netted 14 points against Seattle to help the Nuggets to their seventh straight win and 13th triumph in their last 14 games. Nene contributed 16 points in 21 minutes off the bench for Denver in the victory.

Under the leadership of head coach George Karl, the Nuggets have compiled an amazing 28-6 record. Karl became the team's general on January 27th when he replaced interim head coach Michael Cooper.

Denver, which won eight straight earlier this season from February 23 to March 12, is an impressive 27-10 as the host this season. The Nuggets, who are 3-6 in Monday games, will host New Orleans on Wednesday and the Grizzlies on Friday in the finale of the current stand.

The Nuggets have won eight in a row at the Pepsi Center and are 15-1 in front of their home crowd under the guidance of Karl. Denver's last loss at home was on March 13th to the Phoenix Suns.

Golden State starts the first of a brief two-game road trip. It will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at the Target Center. After the swing, the Warriors return home to closeout the season with games against Portland, the Lakers and Utah.

On Sunday, Tony Parker scored a career-high 35 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 2.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime, lifting the San Antonio Spurs to a 136-134 win over the Warriors at The Arena in Oakland.

Baron Davis scored 32 of his 38 points after halftime in Sunday's loss for the Warriors, who had their longest winning streak in 14 years come to an end at eight straight. Jason Richardson added 23 points for Golden State, which is out of playoff contention.

The Warriors are just 14-25 on the road this season.

04/11 10:20:18 ET


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