The Houston Rockets are in a good position to earn their first playoff berth in four seasons. The Denver Nuggets, who have missed the past eight postseasons, would like nothing more than to get there as well.
Both teams will be looking to improve their position when they meet at the Pepsi Center.
However, Houston has dropped three of its last four, including a 93-85 loss to the red-hot Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Cuttino Mobley scored 26 points, and Steve Francis had 17. But center Yao Ming struggled mightily against the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal, finishing with just six points and eight rebounds. He shot only 3-of-15 from the floor.
The Rockets will play five of their final eight games against teams in playoff contention.
The Nuggets, who have not qualified for the postseason since 1995, are in 10th in the West—a half-game behind Utah and Portland for the final playoff spot.
“I couldn’t let LeBron get 41 without me getting 41,” said Anthony, who also broke his own team record for points by a rookie (39).
“We had some great performances from a lot of people,” Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said.