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Friday, November 1st (All times Eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) at Denver Nuggets (0-1), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Two Northwest Division inhabitants looking for a win collide Friday night in the Rocky Mountains, where the Denver Nuggets will entertain the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets kicked off their 2013-14 season with Wednesday's 90-88 loss against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings led 88-82 with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets later tied the game at 88 on J.J. Hickson's driving lay-up with 1:37 remaining.

Sacramento would then put the game away on Jason Thompson's put-back dunk with 41.5 seconds remaining, while Ty Lawson missed a lay-up and Randy Foye's buzzer-beating 3-point attempt was off the mark.

Lawson had a team-best 20 points and Hickson, Foye and Andre Miller netted 12 points apiece.

"They made the plays at the end of the game," Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said. "We had our opportunities."

Shaw took over after last year's Coach of the Year George Karl was fired following a loss in a first-round series for the eighth time in his nine seasons as head coach. Denver won a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13.

Portland has lost 14 in a row dating back to last season and hasn't tasted victory since March 22 at Atlanta.

In Wednesday's 104-91 setback to the Phoenix Suns, reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard scored 32 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 28. Lillard scored at least 30 points in five games last season and Nicolas Batum chipped in seven points and 13 rebounds.

The Blazers shot just 40.7 percent for the game and sank only 8-of-26 from beyond the arc. They lost their regular season opener for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.

"The Phoenix Suns outplayed us," Portland head coach Terry Stotts admitted. "They were ready from the get go. They got out and ran."

Phoenix outscored Portland 52-24 in the paint, so something has to give for the Blazers' big men against the Nuggets.

Portland went 1-3 against Denver last season and is winless in the previous three games between the division foes. The Blazers haven't had much success at the Pepsi Center lately, losing their last nine visits there. In fact, the Blazers have lost 18 of 19 and 24 of the past 26 contests in the Rockies.

11/01 10:32:20 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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