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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Nuggets Take On Heavyweights Of West

The Nuggets will get to test themselves against four teams in the West that will be battling them for playoff position all season.

The Denver Nuggets had their six game winning streak snapped on Sunday night with a 109-105 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and things won't get any easier for them this week as they look to get another streak started. The Nuggets will face some of the elite teams in the Western Conference in match ups that will give fans a better picture of conference supremacy as the season rolls along.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: at Memphis Grizzlies (6 p.m. MT, Altitude)

After reeling off seven straight wins, the Grizzlies have lost their last three games, all on the road. Denver has yet to face Memphis this season, and though the Grizzlies are without star PF Zach Randolph, they're still a deep, talented team that is 6-2 at home on the season.

Thursday, Feb. 2: at Los Angeles Clippers (8:30 p.m. MT, TNT)

The Nuggets will get a chance to exact some revenge on the Clippers as they travel to the newly christened Lob City. Their match up this past Sunday night was entertaining, but also exposed some of Denver's weaknesses, most notably with their depth in the backcourt, as with Ty Lawson out, Chauncey Billups dropped 32 points, and Danilo Gallinari was forced to guard Chris Paul in crunch time.

Friday, Feb. 3: vs. Los Angeles Lakers (8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN)

The Nuggets return home to face L.A.'s other team. The Nuggets are 1-1 vs. the Lakers this season, and both games have been fun and competitive, and Gallinari's botched potential game winning lay-up in the teams' first meeting remains one of the enduring images of the young season. The Lakers have struggled some in this compact season, and they've lost three of their last five games.

Saturday, Feb. 4: at Portland Trailblazers (8 p.m. MT, NBA TV)

On the third night of a back-to-back-to-back, the Nuggets will be in Portland, in one of the toughest road environments in the NBA. After a hot start, the Trailblazers have tapered off a bit, and currently find themselves sitting at 12-9, but they beat the Nuggets in the teams' only match up this season, albeit back in December.

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