Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Preview

Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Preview

by Alma Bean

Feature Image: Photo by Ricker Bowmer of AP Photo.

The Utah Jazz (15-13) look to get back to their winning ways against the Denver Nuggets (15-10) in their eighth back-to-back this year.

What to Look For

With this being the third time that these teams have met, both have a pretty good idea of what the other is capable of. Utah will always have their eye on former MVP Nikola Jokic. Being the dynamic player he is, Jokic is a threat as a facilitator and scorer. Ranked third in the league in assists per game with 8.9 as a center, Utah may struggle to keep him contained.

Keys to the Game

Utah will be without a majority of their scorers going into this matchup while Denver is coming in with almost their full roster. Utah will need to rely on the scoring ability of Malik Beasley, who has been a force off the bench this season. He is averaging 13.8 PPG. The league will be able to see how Utah’s young roster will be able to produce with little veteran leadership on the road.

Injury Report

Denver- Michael Porter Jr.: Out (heel), Collin Gillespie: Out (leg)

Utah- Jordan Clarkson: Out (hip), Mike Conley: Out (injury management), Simone Fontecchio: Out (ankle), Johnny Juzang: Out (wrist), Lauri Markkanen: Out (illness), Collin Sexton: Out (hamstring)

Where to Watch

Denver and Utah tip-off at 7:00 p.m. MT on AT&T SportsNet.

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