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Seattle SuperSonics (34-39) at Denver Nuggets (38-37), 9 p.m.

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(Sports Network) - The fading Denver will attempt to stop a two-game skid tonight and remain in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race tonight, when they battle the Seattle at the Pepsi Center.

Denver has dropped six of 10 and nine of its last 14 games overall to fall a half-game behind Utah for the final slot in the West. The are locked in a tie with Portland for the ninth spot after falling 85-83 to Utah on Saturday.

poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the , who lost on the road for the fifth straight contest. added 14 points and chipped in 13 points in the defeat.

The were missing sharpshooter , who sat out with a left rib cage contusion. Lenard is expected to miss his third straight game due to the injury tonight.

Denver is trying to become the first team in NBA history to reach the postseason after winning less than 20 games the previous year.

The have won three straight home games on the heels of three consecutive home defeats. For the season, Denver has posted a 25-12 record at the Pepsi Center.

Seattle saw its seven-game win streak come to an end on Saturday, falling 115-108 in overtime to the Portland at the Rose Garden.

scored a game-high 32 points with nine rebounds for the , who are 3 1/2 games adrift of the final playoff spot in the West. added 24 points in the loss, and scored 19 off the bench.

Seattle's loss was its first on the road in five games and it slipped to 15-21 away from home this season.

On the injury front, guard played despite injuring his hip in Friday's victory over the . However, center continues to be troubled with an abdominal strain and is listed as day-to-day.

Seattle has won the last two meetings between these teams, including last Friday's 102-86 win at KeyArena. The home team has won 11 of the last 17 meetings in this series. However, Seattle has won three straight trips to Denver.

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