The last time these two teams met was opening night and the Utah Jazz completely dismantled a new-look Denver Nuggets squad, beating them down 123-102.
Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. looked rusty in their return to action, Nikola Jokic was visibly frustrated toward the end of the game, and the team committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter alone. Not exactly the recipe for success in the NBA, as noted by head coach Michael Malone after the game.
"”In that first half (the Jazz) outworked us and I think to a man everyone in (our) locker room would agree,” Mike Malone said. ”We looked like a different team, felt like a different team (in the second half). But in this league you can’t pick and choose when you play.”"
With that said, the Nuggets look like an entirely different team just a week and a half later. Following their frustrating season opener, Denver notched a clutch road win against the defending champion Warriors and then traveled back home to knock off their division foe OKC Thunder.
While they’re just 1-1 in their last two contests, it’s clear Denver is finally starting to find its groove. Bruce Brown and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have thrived as two-way specialists, Christian Braun is slowly earning the trust of Malone and his staff, while Nikola Jokic is arguably the most efficient player in basketball. As a result, the latest Nuggets odds are incredibly optimistic about their chances tonight.
Can the Nuggets put a stop to Lauri Legend and shut out their bitter division rival at home? Or will Denver fall victim to yet another upset, dropping to 0-2 in the season series and .500 on the year?
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz Odds, Spread, Over/Under
The latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have Denver as -8.0 favorites against the spread, with the team -112 (bet $112 to win $100 ) to cover. The Jazz are +280 on the moneyline, while the Nuggets check in at -350 (bet $350 to win $100).
The over-under is 231.0, with the over and under both set at -110.
Nuggets Projected Starting Lineup Tonight
G – Jamal Murray – No. 27
G – Caldwell-Pope – No. 5
F – Michael Porter Jr. – No. 1
F – Aaron Gordon – No. 50
C – Nikola Jokic – No. 15
Michael Porter Jr. has sat out recently due to injury management but intends to play tonight, while KCP’s status remains up in the air. If Caldwell-Pope is unable to go, expect to see Bruce Brown claim more minutes and the starting spot next to Murray in the backcourt.
Nuggets Injury Report
Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports first reported via Twitter that Michael Porter Jr. (lumbar spine injury management), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left ankle sprain), and Davon Reed (personal) are all considered questionable for tonight’s contest. However, after speaking with MPJ following the team’s shootaround earlier today, the Denver Post’s Mike Singer revealed that Porter intends to play tonight against the Jazz.
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz Prediction
Utah has been one of the biggest surprises this season, with the team winning four of their first five games and holding a top spot as one of the highest-scoring teams in the entire NBA averaging 118.8 points per game. All while having to somehow replace All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell with Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton.
Unfortunately, they’re about to run into an absolute buzzsaw in the Denver Nuggets. Despite falling in the season opener, the Nuggets are already 2-0 at home this season and held one of the better home records last season at 25-11. Not to mention the revenge aspect with Denver being outmatched by the Jazz just a week ago.
It’s also worth noting that Rudy Gay (health and safety protocols) has already been ruled out for tonight’s contest while Collin Sexton (left oblique contusion) and rookie Walker Kessler (illness) are listed as questionable.
Denver is just now beginning to hit their stride as Murray and MPJ get reacclimated into the rotation while Utah is performing at a rate that is frankly unsustainable given their lack of star power. It’s going to take all four quarters for the Jazz to match the Nuggets’ effort and the rowdy crowd in Mile High could help Denver take control of this game.
Nuggets 125, Jazz 111
What channel is the Denver Nuggets game on?
Friday’s game will be broadcast at 7:00 p.m. MT on ATT SportsNet Rocky Mountain Alt 1 (Idaho-Montana).
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Nuggets’ Next Game and Upcoming Schedule
Denver will head out west to face off against the Lakers once more before another divisional matchup versus the Thunder and then back-to-back matchups with the Spurs.
Oct. 30 @ Los Angeles Lakers
Nov. 3 @ Oklahoma City
Nov. 5 vs. San Antonio
Nov. 7 @ San Antonio
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.