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|Utah Jazz||Head-to-Head||Denver Nuggets
|Quin Snyder||Head Coach||Michael Malone|
|27-10 (3rd in West)||Standing||18-17 (5th in West)|
|117.4 (1t of 30)||Off Rtg||108.9 (20th of 30)|
|107.4 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.2 (16th of 30)|
|98.8 (11th of 30)||Pace||96.8 (24th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Mitchell (25.7)||PPG||N. Jokic (25.7)|
|R. Gobert (15.1)||RPG||N. Jokic (14.0)|
|M. Conley (5.3)||APG||N. Jokic (6.9)|
|D. Mitchell (1.6)||SPG||N. Jokic (1.4)|
|R. Gobert (2.3)||BPG||N. Jokic (0.8)|
|R. Gobert (.706)/D. Mitchell (9.3)||FG%/FGM||V. Cancar (.564)/N. Jokic (10.1)|
|M. Conley (.429)/D. Mitchell (3.3)||3P%/3PM||V. Cancar (.583)/W. Barton (2.4)|
|Udoka Azubuike||Utah Jazz||27 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||There is no timetable for Azubuike’s return after suffering an ankle injury.|
|Eric Paschall||Utah Jazz||4 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Personal)||Paschall did not play in Utah’s Monday (Jan 3) game.|
|Hassan Whiteside||Utah Jazz||4 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Concussion)||Whiteside did not play in Utah’s Monday (Jan 3) game.|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from ACL surgery and there is no timetable for his return.|
|PJ Dozier||Denver Nuggets||24 Nov 2021||Out (ACL)||Dozier has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is out indefinitely.|
|Michael Porter||Denver Nuggets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Back)||Porter is expected to miss the rest of the season.|
|Markus Howard||Denver Nuggets||17 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Howard will be re-evaluated in six weeks.|
|Zeke Nnaji||Denver Nuggets||30 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Nnaji has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Monte Morris||Denver Nuggets||31 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Morris has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Vlatko Cancar||Denver Nuggets||3 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Foot)||Cancar left Denver’s Monday (Jan 3) game and did not return.|
When it comes to the Utah Jazz, their defensive style is effective due to the shot-blocking ability and intimidation of Rudy Gobert in the paint. To beat the Nuggets, the Jazz will need to show how capable they are keeping up with off-ball players.
The Denver Nuggets aren’t particularly excellent in any area, save for passing. Fifth in the league with 25.7 assists per game, the ball movement that is encouraged by Nikola Jokic is infectious.
Utah is excellent at keeping with their man and leading players toward their shot blockers. However when the game slows down, how focused they are in tracking runners and cutters will determine how successful their defence can be.
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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 1, 2022
As always, Rudy Gobert’s impact is felt on the defensive end of the ball more than on the offensive end. His task in this game will be countering reigning Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic.
In his last game, Gobert put in what has now come to be a normal performance by his standards. He posted 10 points, 17 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 37 minutes of play.
In order to beat the Nuggets, Gobert must be more of a force on the offensive end. In Utah’s earlier season victory over Denver, Gobert posted 23 points and 16 rebounds on 7 of 8 shooting from the field. When he’s aggressive, not even the reigning MVP can steal the game from Utah.
The Denver Nuggets will have their hands full trying to stop the Utah Jazz in this matchup. Versatile on both ends of the court, the Jazz offence could pose problems for Denver.
The Jazz is the top three-point shooting team in the NBA, making 15.1 threes per game and converting on 36.7% of their three-point attempts. Denver holds their opponents to 34.2% from deep, but the drive-and-kick ability of Donovan Mitchell is something much of the league lacks.
Denver needs to be sharp on their rotations if they hope to beat the Utah Jazz. If the Nuggets can’t reign in Utah’s perimeter shooting, they could be overwhelmed quickly.
27 & 16 for the MVP last night.
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— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 4, 2022
The Denver Nuggets continue to flirt with the top of the Western Conference table, mostly due to the fantastic play of Nikola Jokic. Matched up with Rudy Gobert, we’ll get to see one of the best individual battles in the NBA.
In his last game Jokic posted 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 assists in 34 minutes of play. He was efficient on offence, shooting 11 of 18 from the field and converting on all of his free throws.
He may have a bit less offensive freedom matched up against Rudy Gobert, which is why he must improve his three-point shooting. Going just 2 of 11 from deep in his last three games, Jokic must be more accurate to take down the Jazz.
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|Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|Teams||Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Location||Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|Time||10:00 PM EST, January 5th, 2022|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
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