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The Denver Nuggets are back in action Tuesday night to take on Donovan Mitchell and the reeling Utah Jazz.
Where: Pepsi Center-Denver, CO
When: 7 p.m. MST
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The Utah Jazz are just 2-8 in their last ten games and are looking to right the ship against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Even after a rough ten games, the Jazz are still in the Western Conference playoff race with a 15-19 record, which puts them at ninth in the conference. The Jazz have been able to stay afloat with the incredible play from their young star Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is the teams leading scorer averaging 18 points per game and is second on the team in minutes per game at 30.3. Mitchell is also averaging over three rebounds and three assists per game, and shoots an efficient 43 percent from the field.
Utah got the best of the Nuggets in the teams first two match ups this season wining game one by a score of 106-96, and game two 106-77. Derrick Favors was the leading scorer in the last game between the two teams and is averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Jazz will still be without center Rudy Gobert, who will miss the game with a knee injury. The only other player who appears on the Jazz’s injury report is point guard Raul Neto, who’ll be out with a concussion.
.@UofUHealth Injury Report:
Rudy Gobert (left PCL sprain, bone bruise) is out.
Raul Neto (concussion) is out. #UTAatDEN
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 26, 2017
The Nuggets are riding high on a two game wining streak after strong victories in Portland and Golden State. Gary Harris leads the Nuggets in points per game at 16.2 and also leads the team in steals with 1.9 per game. Harris is also shooting a phenomenal 47.9 percent from the field and leads the Nuggets in minutes per game at 34.4. Nikola Jokic is second on the Nuggets in points per game at 16.1 and leads the team in rebounds with 10.3 per game. Jokic also leads the Nuggets in assists per game at 4.5 and has done a much better job as of late in terms of valuing the basketball. In last weeks game against the Timberwolves Jokic committed 10 turnovers, but has since valued the basketball more and has only committed six turnovers in the past two games.
The Nuggets have yet to release an injury report for tomorrow’s game, but it is expected that everyone will be back except for Paul Millsap. Emmanuel Mudiay has missed the past four games with an ankle sprain, but started working out at shoot arounds last week and might have a chance to play on Tuesday night. In Mudiay’s absence Will Barton has become the Nuggets primary ball handler off the bench, and Barton has posted some mediocre games as of late. Mason Plumlee dislocated his finger a couple of times on Saturday against the Warriors, but was still able to play for most of the game. Plumlee looked to be in significant pain for most of the night against the Warriors, but it looks like an injury he’ll be able to play through.
We’ll update this story as more information becomes available before tip-off. Stay tuned to Dig In Denver for postgame coverage.