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Friday, February 23rd (All times eastern)

Utah Jazz (35-18) at Denver Nuggets (26-26), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The top two teams in the Northwest Division square off tonight, as the Denver Nuggets host the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center.

The Jazz are in first place in the Northwest, 8 1/2 games ahead of the second- place Nuggets.

This is the third of four contests between the clubs this season. The Jazz are 2-0 against Denver this season. Utah is scheduled to welcome the Nuggets to EnergySolutions Arena on April 11th.

Utah has won two straight after losing its last two at Denver. The Jazz have won five in a row in the series.

The Jazz will try and get back on the winning track this evening. Rookie Brandon Roy poured in 27 points and dished out seven assists as the Portland Trail Blazers edged Utah, 103-100, at the Rose Garden in the first game for both teams coming out of the All-Star break.

All-Star Mehmet Okur scored a team-high 25 points and had eight rebounds in the loss for the Jazz, who had their six-game winning streak halted. Derek Fisher ended with 20 points and 10 assists, while Matt Harpring finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Utah.

Utah is 14-12 on the road. After tonight's game, the Jazz return home to host the Boston Celtics on Saturday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Denver has dropped two straight games. All-Star Tony Parker led a balanced San Antonio attack with 17 points, as the Spurs routed the Nuggets, 95-80, on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

Carmelo Anthony had 15 points and Nene scored 13 in the loss for the Nuggets. Denver guard Allen Iverson had only nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in his return to the lineup. Iverson had missed eight of the previous nine games with a sprained right ankle.

The Nuggets are 14-14 at home this season. They will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at American Airlines Center and the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at FedExForum.

02/23 10:41:32 ET

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