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Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets

Denver opened at -1.5 with a total of 215.5 and that has held steady.

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Utah (32-15 SU, 24-21-2 ATS) tips off at 10:35 pm ET in Denver (32-15 SU, 20-24-3 ATS) tonight. The Jazz and the Nuggets are tied for the third best record in the Western Conference trailing only the Lakers and the Clippers. They are also tied for first place in the Northwest Division.

Utah has been on a roll, having won 14 of their last 15 games, before losing to the Houston Rockets 126-117 on Monday night. They followed that up with a 127-120 loss at San Antonio on Wednesday night. Now they will travel to Denver for the second game of a back to back.

The Jazz started slowly this season going 12-10 but since then they have won 20 of their last 25 games. Wednesday night the Spurs shot 56.1% from the field and DeMar DeRozan led the way with 38 points. Donovan TMitchell led Utah with 31 points while Rudy Gobert posted his 11th consecutive double-double with 17 points and 19 rebounds.

Mitchell said “The past two games we really haven’t guarded well. You can’t start out slow and expect to come back every single game.” Monday’s loss to Memphis ended a streak of 24 consecutive games where the Jaz had scored at least 100 points.

Denver is also coming off a loss. They lost 104-96 at the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night where they were outscored 76-22 in the paint. The Nuggets have won 7 games in a row coming off a loss and they have gone 6-0-1 ATS in those games. After the home game against the Jazz they will play 4 of their next 5 games on the road.

Nugget coach Michael Malone said “It’s unfortunate, we have 8 games to go until the All-Star break. Everyone’s tired, everyone’s beat up, but we’ve got to be mentally tough.”

The Nuggets starting point guard Jamal Murray has missed the last 8 games with an ankle injury and power forward Paul Millsap has missed his last 11 games with a knee injury.

Denver opened at -1.5 with a total of 215.5 and that has held steady.

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