NBA match preview - Denver set for fierce Oklahoma clash tonight

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Denver are aiming to win their fourth straight ball game tonight as they host division rivals Oklahoma City, who are desperate to recover from their shock defeat to Utah Tuesday. 

For the Nuggets (17-17), Wilson Chandler (left groin strain) and Nate Robinson (right ankle sprain) are both considered as game-time decisions after they sat out practice Wednesday.

On the side of the court, Serge Ibaka missed Thunder's (27-8) defeat to the Jazz with flue-like symptoms, and he's being monitored daily.

This game will act as a great barometer to see whether the Nuggets are for real after losing eight straight games over the holiday season. A win here would be their first against an elite team this season. 

Since that shocking run the Nuggets have only looked forward. On Tuesday they dismantled the Boston Celtics with a 31-point win, whereas the division leading Thunder surprising lost to the Jazz 112-101. 

Before the Nuggets think about getting a winning record they will have to stop the talents of Kevin Durant, who scored 48 points in the defeat to the Jazz. The 25-year-old is currently leading the All-Star Game voting with LeBron James, but his thoughts are firmly with righting the Thunder's wrongs. 

"We fought Tuesday but we can't play for just one quarter [against Denver]," he admitted to The Sports Network. If you give a team confidence, they're going to have it the whole game."

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