Tonight in the NBA: Nets look to sweep Magic

Tonight in the NBA: Nets look to sweep Magic
January 28, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The 76ers are looking for back-to-back wins tonight as they host the Grizzlies.

The Sixers defeated the Knicks 97-80 on Saturday behind a career-high 35 points from All-Star Jrue Holiday (see story).  

Here is a look at the other notable matchups tonight in the NBA:

Magic at Nets, 7:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Nets have been playing better basketball under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, but have dropped two in a row after having problems defending the paint. The outlook for the Orlando Magic appears much worse, as they've lost five straight heading into a five-game road trip.

Brooklyn will try to shore up its interior defense Monday night when it goes for a four-game season sweep of the Magic, who have been shut down in the first three meetings.

The Nets (26-18) won 12 of their first 14 after firing former coach Avery Johnson, but are now coming off their first back-to-back losses under Carlesimo.

Pacers at Nuggets, 9 p.m.
The Denver Nuggets' latest surge has come with solid play on both ends of the floor.

While defense has been a staple of the Indiana Pacers, it wasn't up to their standards in back-to-back defeats.

Denver seeks a 10th victory in its last 12 games and a fourth straight win over visiting Indiana on Monday night.  The Pacers have lost six of the last seven matchups in Denver.

Rockets at Jazz, 9 p.m.
The Houston Rockets appear to be back on track after their longest losing streak of the season, but their next challenge will be a difficult one.

A third consecutive victory won't come easy Monday night as the Rockets try to prevent the Utah Jazz from a seventh straight home win.

Houston (24-22) has won two in a row and three of four after a seven-game skid. The Rockets' offense was slowed down during the slump, averaging 93.3 points per game compared to their 104.4 mark on the season, which is tied for second in the NBA.

The Jazz (24-20) have won five of six overall and six in a row at home, matching the season-best streak they started the year with. Utah lost 124-116 at Houston on Dec. 1.

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