2019-20 NBA – Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets taking place? Friday 31st January, 2020 – 03:30 (UK)

Where is Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets taking place? Pepsi Center

What channel is Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets on? TNT

Where can I stream Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Utah Jazz 118 – 108 Denver Nuggets

THE TEAM NEWS

UTAH JAZZ

  • The Jazz are coming off a disappointing 127-120 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and that result pushed their losing streak to two games. They won four games in a row prior to this negative run, however, and still remain one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a 32-15 record.
  • Utah do not have injury concerns so they should be at full strength here, including Emmanuel Mudiay and Mike Conley Jr. who had been dealing with injuries of late. Conley might return to the starting unit soon in an effort to turn things around following their recent results.
  • Donovan Mitchell continues to produce despite the team’s struggles. He is coming off a 31-point effort against the Spurs, and has scored 22 or more points in each of his last eight outings since the last time he missed a game (January 12th). He is averaging 24.7 points per game during January.

DENVER NUGGETS

  • Like the Jazz, Denver also enter this game with a 32-15 record and following a 3-2 record over their last five contests. To make things even more similar, they are also coming off a loss in their previous outing – they fell 104-96 to the up-and-coming Memphis Grizzlies.
  • The Nuggets will be without two starters here, as Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap have both been ruled out. Bol Bol and Mason Plumlee remain far away from returning as well, so the team’s frontcourt should be depleted overall.
  • Nikola Jokic has been Denver’s best player over the past few weeks, but the play of Jerami Grant shouldn’t go unnoticed. He has scored 14 or more points in six straight games, and has topped the 20-point mark in back-to-back outings. He is averaging 13.7 points per game during January and moved into the starting lineup due to Paul Millsap’s injury.

THE PREDICTION

At least on paper, these two teams couldn’t be more evenly matched. Both enter this contest with a 3-2 mark in their last five games, are coming off a loss in their previous contest, and have posted a 32-15 record during the current term. The home-field advantage could play a decisive role here and if we focus on that side of things, then Denver own a clear edge thanks to their 18-6 record at the Pepsi Center – the fourth-best home team in the Conference – while the Jazz are 14-11 on the road. Expect Denver to be slight favourites ahead of a tight game between two Western Conference powerhouses.

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