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Struggling Nuggets hit road to face unbeaten Jazz

According to STATS
According to STATS

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz

  1. Utah is 10-1 in its last 11 home games against the Nuggets including a 127-120 win in its lone home game against Denver last season. The only loss in that span was a three-point Nuggets win in February 2020.
  2. Denver lost for the first time this season with a 99-87 loss to Cleveland on Sunday. The Nuggets are winless the last seven times they have been held to 90 or fewer points.
  3. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets in scoring (24), rebounds (19) and steals (3) against the Cavs. It was the 15th time since the beginning of 2020-21 that Jokic has led his team in all three of those categories, tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for most times leading his team in those categories in that time.
  4. The Jazz are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Utah has won its two games by a combined 30 points, which is the second-largest scoring margin the team has ever had through two games (48 points in 2004-05).
  5. Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds in Utah's 110-101 win at the Kings after a 21-rebound performance against the Thunder. Gobert is the first NBA player since Charles Barkley (1996-97) to have consecutive games with 20+ rebounds to start a season.
  6. The Nuggets have not lost by double digits on consecutive days since December of 2015, which was Michael Malone's first season as the team's head coach.

Ahead of Tuesday night's TNT-televised showdown with the Northwest Division rival Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake City, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder made an admission.

Snyder loves Nikola Jokic's game. Of course, Snyder prefers when he can sit back and enjoy watching the wide variety of skills the reigning Most Valuable Player brings to the game when he isn't about to face Jokic and the Nuggets.

"He's unique. I love him," Snyder said. "I don't know if you're allowed to kind of have a favorite player or things like that as a coach, and there's probably a few of them, but he's one of the guys that I really enjoy watching. I don't enjoy scouting him as much."

Snyder noted that Jokic is difficult to guard because he's a huge man with point-guard skills and wing-scoring capabilities. Oh, yeah, and he's got post moves and a "nearly unblockable" turnaround shot.

That's why Jazz center Rudy Gobert, no stranger to league honors as last season's Defensive Player of the Year, concurred with the NBA voters for MVP last season.

"He was MVP for a reason," Gobert said. "Yeah, he's a unique player."

Gobert, by the way, is the only NBA player to snag more rebounds per game than Jokic. The French center has hauled in 41 boards in just two games. Jokic, the big Serbian, averages 16 per game.

While the Jazz have had a few days off to think about Jokic and Denver, the Nuggets endured their first home loss of the season on Monday night, 99-87 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jokic led them with 24 points and 19 rebounds, but Denver had only three other players score in double figures, with nobody else getting more than 12.

Monday's game was rough in several areas for Denver, which only shot 40.7 percent overall, including 9-for-38 from 3-point range.

In addition to falling from the ranks of the unbeaten, Denver is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to taking care of the basketball. The Nuggets turned the ball over 22 times, which is a season-high. They have 62 turnovers in three games.

"It's getting out of hand," Denver coach Mike Malone said.

The Nuggets have their work cut out for them on the tail end of a back-to-back set, traveling to Utah late Monday night and being matched with one of only three remaining undefeated teams.

Malone doesn't like what he's seeing from his team right now.

"We got some guys that are just kind of moping around, jogging around out there, kind of looking sorry for themselves."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 26, 2021

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