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Wednesday, December 6th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (7-9) at Denver Nuggets (10-5), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets go for their third straight win when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks tonight to the Pepsi Center.

This is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. The Hawks are scheduled to host the Nuggets on December 12th at Philips Arena.

Atlanta has lost two straight after winning its last three at Denver. The teams have split the last six contests in this series.

Denver plays the middle contest of a three-game homestand. Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 38 points, scoring 24 in the first half, as the Nuggets cruised past the Indiana Pacers, 121-101, on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

Anthony, who has scored 30 or more points in six straight and 12 of his last 13 outings, shot 14-of-25 from the floor, made 8-of-11 from the free-throw line and was two-of-three from three-point land. He also contributed four rebounds and four assists in a complete effort for the Nuggets, who have won two straight and seven of their last eight games overall.

J.R. Smith drained five three-pointers and finished with 19 points in the win over Indiana for the Nuggets, while Earl Boykins netted 15. Center Marcus Camby had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

The Nuggets are 5-3 at home this season. They are scheduled to host Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Friday in the finale of the current homestand.

Atlanta takes the court for the third of their five-game road trip. On Tuesday, Rashard Lewis finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Hawks, 102-87, at KeyArena.

Joe Johnson had 34 points in the loss to the SuperSonics for Atlanta, which has dropped eight of its last 11 contests overall. High-flying Josh Smith ended with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in defeat.

The Hawks, who defeated Portland, 107-96, in the opener of the trip, are 3-5 on the road this season. They will visit the Lakers on Friday at the Staples Center and the Kings on Sunday at ARCO Arena in the final contest of the swing.

12/06 10:42:38 ET


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