Wednesday , Apr , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets, Spurs play one more time before playoffs

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs will meet in the
first round of the playoffs, but first they will wrap up their regular season
against each other tonight at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio is the third seed in the Western Conference, while Denver is No.
6. The Spurs will have home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.

There is some playoff history between the Spurs and Nuggets. San Antonio beat
the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs in 1990, 1995 and 2005 and in
the conference semis in 1983. Denver defeated the Spurs in the opening round
in 1985.

The Spurs are 2-0 against the Nuggets this season and have captured four of
the last six contests in the series. Denver has dropped two of its last three
at San Antonio.

San Antonio enters tonight’s contest on a two-game losing streak. On Monday,
Pau Gasol poured in 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies
defeated the Spurs, 101-91, at the FedExForum.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all rested for the Spurs against
Memphis. James White and Michael Finley both finished with 17 points for the
Spurs, who have dropped two straight after a six-game winning streak.

Veteran guard Brent Barry (stomach virus) is doubtful for tonight’s contest.
Barry is averaging 8.5 points in 74 games this season for San Antonio.

The Spurs are an impressive 31-9 at home this season. They will be appearing
in the playoffs for the 10th straight year.

Denver has played its best basketball this season in April. The Nuggets are
9-1 this month and hope to continue their excellent play in the postseason.

All-Star Allen Iverson scored 25 points to lead the Nuggets to a 122-107
victory over the disappointing Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday at the Pepsi

Linas Kleiza posted 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who finished
23-18 at home this season. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points, and Nene
collected 18 points and 10 boards in the victory.

The Nuggets are a respectable 21-19 on the road this season, and have
qualified for the postseason for the fourth straight year.