The Utah Jazz have lost three games in a row, which put the damper on the very solid play since the All-Star Break. The Denver Nuggets had to endure a mid-season coaching change where the outgoing coach publicly suggested his players were trying to get him fired. It's almost a tale of two mountains as the Nuggets host the Jazz tonight. The Nuggets are 16-20 at home, and 5-5 in their last 10 games. They've had some injuries, but since Melvin Hunt has taken over they have gone 7-6. Not too shabby, Denver. Utah are 14-21 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, but dropped four of their last five.
Tonight should be a lot of fun, because I look at this as a rivalry game. These two franchises aren't in love with each other and are perfectly fine showing that. All-time the Jazz are up 103 to 74, but in their gym Utah is only 34-54. I guess there's just something in the water over there?
Everyone should be okay to play for Denver tonight, but Darrell Arthur and Danilo Gallinari are a little banged up. Utah will be without Alec Burks and Rodney Hood, and Gordon Hayward is probable right now, after missing his last two games. It's not easy winning in Denver, and especially not when you are out 2 to 3 wing players.
Marquee Match-up: Hayward vs. Gallinari
Fearless Prediction: The Jazz get more than 8 points from their starting guards tonight
Fearful Prediction: Ty Lawson gon' eat all night long