The Denver Nuggets (2-2) host the Utah Jazz tonight (2-2). These are the two worst teams, tied by record, in the Northwest Division -- and after tonight only one of those two teams will bare that shame. I'm not completely confident in what the Jazz are capable of right now. It's not just a shaken confidence because of what happened last night when and torched Utah in their home opener. No, this is looking at the last 10 times these two teams have faced off over the last 10 seasons of NBA action. The Jazz aren't coming out on top. Worse, Utah is usually getting blown out in Denver.
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I hope things will be different tonight. I really do. It's the second night of a back-to-back for the Jazz. Dante Exum is already out. is playing with a flu, if he's even cleared to play tonight. And Gordon Hayward is in a huge shooting slump. The team is starting a rookie at point guard, , and most of the time their best non- players have been two people who missed most of last season: and .
Denver isn't the perfect team. They can be beat. But if they can attack the Jazz in transition, the formula for many of these blowouts, then it could be a carbon copy of some of our worst nights in the Mile High city.