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Tuesday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (14-13) at Denver Nuggets (14-14), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers continue their season-long seven- game road trip tonight, as they visit the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Sixers are scheduled to host the Nuggets on March 9, 2006 at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia lost the opener of its current swing. On Friday, Zaza Pachulia scored a career-high 23 points to upstage a classic 53-point performance by Allen Iverson, as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the 76ers, 111-108, at Philips Arena.

Iverson accounted for almost half of the Sixers points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists in Friday's loss. The Georgetown product converted 19-of-21 attempts from the free throw line. It was the 10th time in the All- Star's career that he reached the 50-point plateau and his 53 points were the most scored in the history of Philips Arena.

Chris Webber notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Iguodala contributed 14 points and five rebounds in the loss to the Hawks for Philadelphia, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. The Sixers have still won six of their last eight games overall.

The Sixers, who will also visit Portland, Utah, Sacramento, Phoenix and the Lakers on the trip, are 4-8 on the road this season.

Denver attempts to win its third straight game as it begins a tough six-game homestand. On Monday, Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points and Andre Miller added 21 with 12 assists, as the Nuggets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 118-112, at The Arena in Oakland.

Marcus Camby had 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Earl Boykins contributed 16 points in the win over Golden State for the Nuggets, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak. DerMarr Johnson added 12 points in the victory.

On the injury front for Denver, forward Kenyon Martin (thigh) is questionable for tonight's contest. Martin, who is averaging 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds this season, did not play against Golden State and has missed a total of nine games this season.

The Nuggets are 9-4 at home this season. They will also host Seattle, San Antonio, Boston, Indiana and Dallas on the current stand.

Denver has won three of the last four meetings in this series, while Philadelphia has captured four of the last seven games. The Sixers have dropped two straight and four of their last five as the visitor against the Nuggets.

12/27 10:29:24 ET


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