Tonight in the NBA: Nuggets look to sweep Rockets

Tonight in the NBA: Nuggets look to sweep Rockets
April 6, 2013, 10:15 am
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The Sixers make their final trip to Miami Saturday night to take on the Heat.

Here is a look at the notable games tonight in the NBA:

Rockets at Nuggets, 9 p.m.
The Denver Nuggets host the Houston Rockets looking to sweep the season series for the first time since 1977-78.

Denver will aim to match a franchise record of 20 straight home victories.

The Nuggets will play their first game since learning Danilo Gallinari will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left ACL.

Gallinari suffered the injury in the Nuggets' 95-94 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday. Cory Brewer replaced Gallinari in the lineup and scored a game-high 23 points.

The Nuggets will also again be without Ty Lawson, who leads the team with 16.7 points per game.

The Rockets will look for their third five-game winning streak of the season.

Houston is coming off a 116-98 victory over Portland on Friday. James Harden led the way with 33 points, while Jeremy Linn added 22 points and eight assists.

The Rockets will be without second leading-scored Chandler Parsons.

Raptors at Bucks, 8:30 p.m.
The struggling Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors as they cling to the final playoff spot in the East.

Despite having lost 10 of their past 14 games, the Bucks' magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains at two. With a victory over the Raptors and a Sixers loss, the eighth seed will belong to Milwaukee.

In a battle to avoid the Miami Heat in the first round, the Bucks sit 2 1/2 games behind the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics.

The Bucks are coming off a 101-93 loss to the Knicks on Friday night.

Milwaukee has dominated the Raptors of late, winning in each of the last nine matchups.

The Raptors are coming off a 95-93 win over the Timberwolves on Friday. DeMar DeRozan took advantage of his size over Luke Ridnour and scored 25 points.

Hawks at Spurs, 8:30 p.m.
The San Antonio Spurs host the Atlanta Hawks as they look to continue their dominance in the series.

San Antonio is coming off a 100-88 loss to the Thunder on Thursday. Tony Parker struggled, shooting 1 for 6 for two points before leaving with a shin injury. Parker will join injured Manu Ginobili on the bench against the Hawks.

The Hawks are coming off a 101-90 loss to the Sixers on Friday night. Atlanta could never recover after being outscored, 40-26, in the first quarter.

The two teams last met on Jan. 19, when the Spurs won, 98-93, in Atlanta. Parker led the way with 23 points and 12 assists.

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