NBA schedule: Blazers, Nuggets highlight Tuesday slate

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The Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets put six- and five-game win streaks on the line Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively, while the Clippers face the Rockets and the Lakers try to restart their season vs. Milwaukee.

There's six NBA matchups for the enterprising League Pass-er on a Tuesday night, including two pitting teams that are .500 or better against each other. Here's a look at Tuesday night's schedule, and how to watch:

7 p.m., New Orleans Hornets (11-26) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (16-22), Fox Sports New Orleans, Comcast SportsNet Philly: The Hornets are trying their hand at being a respectable team now that Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis are both healthy, and have recently reeled off a four-game win streak with Greivis Vasquez chipping in three double-doubles and missing a fourth by one assist. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is just bouncing off a six-game losing streak. The first game between these two was one of the less appealing contests of the season, with Philadelphia winning 77-62 over a Hornets team that was starting Darius Miller.

7 p.m., Indiana Pacers (23-15) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (9-28), Fox Sports Indiana, SportSouth: The Bobcats' 7-5 start was way too good to be true after winning just seven games all last year: they have the second-worst defense in the league paired with the fourth-worst offense, and have won just two of 25 games.

7:30 p.m., Toronto Raptors (14-23) vs. Brooklyn Nets (22-15), TSN, YES: Both teams have seen addition by subtraction: the Nets one of the hottest teams in the league since P.J. Carlesimo took over, losing only twice and currently riding a six-game win streak with a motivated Deron Williams playing well. Toronto's story is a bit more confusing, as they're 10-5 without Andrea Bargnani, who seemed to be having an alright season, but they're better with a reconfigured lineup featuring Amir Johnson at center and Landry Fields back from injury. The Nets have won both matchups in the season series.

8 p.m., Los Angeles Clippers (29-9) vs. Houston Rockets (22-17), FSN Prime Ticket, Comcast SportsNet Houston: The focus is on Chris Paul, but part of the reason the Clips have been so strong this year is their depth, and it showed Monday night as Paul sat with a bruised kneecap while Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford led the team in scoring from the bench. They've won four of five, but it's not clear whether Paul will be good to go Tuesday night. The Rockets regressed to the mean after winning five straight, and are now on a three-game losing streak.

9 p.m., Portland Trail Blazers (20-17) vs. Denver Nuggets (23-16), Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Altitude 2: Denver's one of the other teams that can lay claim to being the hottest in the league, having won five straight. Danilo Gallinari's shot selection has improved, and so has his scoring and the team's propensity for winning, with the fifth-year player hitting 20 points on four of five wins while only taking more than 13 shots once. Portland has lost two straight, but won the lone matchup between these two on a night they didn't even have LaMarcus Aldridge thanks to an 0-for-22 3-point shooting effort from Denver.

10:30 p.m., Milwaukee Bucks (19-17) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (16-21), Fox Sports Wisconsin, Time Warner Sports Network: Mike D'Antoni said his team started a new season after snapping a six-game losing streak Sunday, but now they have to show it. The Bucks aren't the easiest opponent, and they've won three of four since the departure of Scott Skiles. The clamps seem to have been taken off Brandon Jennings, who has had outings of 35 and 29 points as well as a 19-point, 10-assist effort - his first double-digit assist outing since the season's second game - in the three wins under interim coach Jim Boylan. Pau Gasol won't play for the Lakers with a concussion, although Dwight Howard should once again be good to go.

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