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Game Thread: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets

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The Utah Jazz face off against the Denver Nuggets in the season opener!

NBA: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 pm MT

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

Television: ATT Sports Net

Radio: 1280 or 97.5 The Zone.

Injuries

Utah Jazz: Dante Exum (shoulder), Raul Neto

Denver Nuggets: None

Mandatory Highlight

What to Watch For

How will Donovan Mitchell do in backup point guard minutes?

NBA: Preseason-Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

With Raul Neto and Dante Exum out tonight, Donovan Mitchell alongside Alec Burks will step in for backup point guard duties. Donovan Mitchell shined while doing so against the Los Angeles Lakers, havoing a big night going for 26 points. This time he will be going against Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris. Can he repeat?

Paul Millsap vs Derrick Favors

NBA: Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

This is the master vs the student matchup. Derrick Favors was seen as being able to fill the void that Paul Millsap left. Millsap is one of the few Jazzmen that have left the Jazz and had wild success after Utah. Derrick Favors will begin his season of reclaiming his once proud role in the Utah Jazz offense. Having a big night against one of the league’s best in Millsap would go a long way in showing Jazz fans that he’s back.

Nikola Jokic vs Rudy Gobert

NBA: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic is to offense what Rudy Gobert is to defense. They’re analytic wunderkinds who require going beyond just the box score to see their true dominance. Tonight’s game could very well come down to who can exploit who offensively and defensively. This is the battle of the undervalued centers and will be a fun one to watch.