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Saturday, December 31st (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (23-7) at Denver Nuggets (14-16), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs try to win their third straight game when they visit the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Pepsi Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 1st, Tony Parker scored 26 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 10 rebounds, as San Antonio knocked off the Nuggets, 102-91, at the SBC Center.

The Spurs, who eliminated the Nuggets in five games in the opening round of the 2005 postseason, have won nine of 12 and 15 of the last 19 meetings in this series.

San Antonio has won three of five and six of its last nine at Denver.

Michael Finley scored 18 points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, as the Spurs routed the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 111-84, on Thursday at the SBC Center. Duncan added 17 points and Parker finished with 16 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who have won two in a row and four of their last five games overall.

On the injury front for San Antonio, guard Nick Van Exel (elbow) is questionable for tonight's contest.

San Antonio is 9-6 as the visitor this season. The Spurs have lost three of their last four on the road.

Denver plays the third of a six-game homestand and comes into tonight's contest on a two-game losing streak. On Thursday, Ray Allen scored a season- high 39 points and Rashard Lewis added 27 to lead the Seattle SuperSonics over the Nuggets, 112-105, at the Pepsi Center.

Carmelo Anthony ended with 32 points in the loss to Seattle for the Nuggets, who have dropped six of their last eight games overall. However, the Syracuse product scored just two points and went without a field goal in the final 18 minutes, 13 seconds of the contests.

The Nuggets, who will also host Boston, Indiana and Dallas, are 9-6 as the host this season. They have dropped three of their last four at the Pepsi Center.

12/31 10:07:59 ET

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