The Denver Nuggets will invade the Rose Garden for the second time this season in hopes of placing their division rival Portland Trail Blazers further down the Western Conference standings.
The Nuggets (36-22) are sitting pretty comfortable in the fifth seed with two and a half games back of the fourth seed Memphis Grizzlies and are two and a half and a half games up on Golden State who holds the sixth seed.
Most recently the Nuggets took down a Los Angeles Lakers team that has been play its best ball of the season 119-108 on Monday night. The game wasn't as close as the final score indicates.
Offensively, there's not many teams more efficient then the Nuggets. They rank third in points per game (105.4), third in assists (24.1) and are second in rebounds (45.2).
There's seven players on the roster averaging double-digits in points and backup point guard Andre Miller has a shot at making it eight being that he's posting 9.1 points a game.
The home team in this series has won 12 straight games and five of the last six games have been decided by single digits.
The Trail Blazers (26-30) on the other hand, haven't quite given up on the playoffs chase just yet. They're currently 10th with four games back of the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff seed.
Breaking a seven-game losing streak by defeating the Boston Celtics 92-86 on Sunday night will help them with their cause, but some members realize that they are fighting an uphill battle.
“We have a slim chance,” rookie center Meyers Leonard said. “We know it's going to be tough, but we're still shooting for the playoffs until we know we're mathematically eliminated.”
Tonight's game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet/ESPN and on 1190 AM/102.3 FM KEX radio at 7:30.