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Sunday, March 20th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (27-37) at Denver Nuggets (34-30), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets, who hold eighth place in the Western Conference, seek their third consecutive win tonight when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the Pepsi Center.

Denver leads Minnesota and the LA Lakers by 2 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the West. The Nuggets trail seventh-place Memphis by 3 1/2 games.

On Friday, Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points to lead Denver to an easy 115-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Pepsi Center.

Marcus Camby had 20 points and 17 rebounds while Kenyon Martin contributed 17 points and nine boards for the red-hot Nuggets, who won for the 10th time in their last 11 games.

Denver shot a blistering 57 percent for the game (44-of-77), while Los Angeles made only 30-of-76 from the floor (40 percent).

The Nuggets are now 17-5 since George Karl, a former coach of the Bucks, took over on the bench January 27.

Denver will play the fourth installment of a seven-game homestand tonight. Karl's club will host Washington on Tuesday.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, has won two straight on the heels of a three-game slide. On Friday, Michael Redd scored a team-high 26 points and Joe Smith finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, as the Bucks downed the Washington Wizards, 99-90, at the Bradley Center.

Desmond Mason netted 17 points and Zaza Pachulia added 13 for the Bucks, who are four games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, in 11th place.

The Bucks open a five-game road trip tonight, and will visit Seattle on Tuesday.

Denver defeated Milwaukee, 106-100, on January 28 -- Karl's first game as Nuggets coach. The Nuggets have won four straight meetings in the series.

03/20 10:15:46 ET


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