By JEFF BARTL

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers each ended last season in disappointing fashion, and the 2013-14 campaign hasn't exactly gotten off to a rousing start, either.

Both teams will look to bounce back from season-opening losses as Denver seeks a 10th straight home victory over Portland on Friday night.

The Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games before being knocked out of the playoffs by Golden State in the first round, leading to the firing of Coach of the Year George Karl.

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