Denver (38-36) at Utah (37-35)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Sat Mar 27, 2004
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The Denver Nuggets have missed the playoffs the last eight seasons. In order to end their drought, they’ll have to shake the Utah Jazz.

The Nuggets and Jazz battle for sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference as they meet at the Delta Center.

The Nuggets lost 102-86 to the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday for their fourth loss in six games.

The defeat dropped Denver into a tie with Utah for the eighth playoff spot in the conference, 14 games behind the first-place Sacramento Kings and a half-game ahead of ninth-place Portland.

The Nuggets have not reached the playoffs since the 1994-95 season.

Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 21 points, but shot just 6-of-21 for the Nuggets, who have lost nine of their last 11 away from home.

Andre Miller had 16 points, Jon Barry added 12 and Rodney White scored 11 for Denver, while Marcus Camby returned to the lineup after missing a game with a strained groin and scored 10.

Voshon Lenard sat out of Friday’s game with bruised ribs.

Utah lost 84-77 to the streaking Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday, falling a half-game behind eighth-place Denver in the conference standings.

“We’re not in the playoffs yet,” said Andrei Kirilenko, who scored 16 points but shot just 5-of-15. “It will be exciting. I think it’s a good experience for the young team to step up.”

Mo Williams scored 15 and Sasha Pavlovic had 11 for the Jazz, who shot just 34.9 percent against Seattle’s zone defense.

“I think that we can’t make shots,” said Kirilenko, whose team snapped a three-game winning streak. “We just can’t score and we didn’t make layups. Sometimes, we played a little bit stupid basketball. We’d take a shot, and we’d take a bad shot.”

Utah has lost all three matchups with Denver this season, one year after winning all four of its games against the Nuggets.

Denver’s 96-75 win over Utah on Jan. 20 snapped the Nuggets’ 14-game losing streak in Salt Lake City.

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