Friday , Mar , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Denver needs to play consistent basketball

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets (40-32) are in first place in the
Northwest Division and own a 5 1/2 game lead over the Utah Jazz. They are No.
3 in the Western Conference playoff race.

Northwest Division rivals square off on Friday, as the Nuggets host the
Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center. The Timberwolves are in third
place and are 9 1/2 games behind Denver.

It is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between Denver and the
Timberwolves. The teams split a pair of games at the Target Center, while the
Nuggets beat Minnesota, 102-91, on November 13th at the Pepsi Center.

Minnesota has lost three of its last four at Denver.

Denver attempts to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak against the
Timberwolves. On Wednesday, Mehmet Okur scored 24 points as Utah kept its
playoff hopes alive with a 115-104 victory over the Nuggets at the Pepsi
Center.

Carmelo Anthony finished with a game-high 31 points in the loss to Utah for
the Nuggets. Andre Miller scored 19 points and dished out 12 assists, while
Ruben Patterson netted 18 in defeat.

Denver played the Jazz without the center Marcus Camby, who is questionable
for Friday’s game with a lower back strain. Camby is averaging 13.2 points and
a team-best 12.1 rebounds in 48 games this season.

The Nuggets are 23-13 at home this season.

The Nuggets are scheduled to play five of their final 10 games at the Pepsi
Center. Besides Minnesota they will also host the Lakers, Golden State,
Sacramento and Houston.

Denver’s final road contests are against Dallas, the Clippers, Portland, Utah
and Seattle.

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