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Game thread: Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz

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Can Denver extend their winning streak against the Gobert-less Utah Jazz?

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The Denver Nuggets face off against their western slope rivals, the Utah Jazz, looking to extend their current winning streak to four games. Over the past three games, Denver has discovered a more consistent shooting touch. Whether through better offensive execution or simply getting out of their collective shooting slump, the Nuggets have past the 100 point threshold in five of their last six games. Facing Utah, to reach the century mark would normally be a struggle. In their first match-up, the Jazz held the Nuggets to 84 points. However, Utah has struggled mightily since Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury. Look for Denver to continue to attack the paint as they have the last handful of games.

Without their defensive stalwart, the preseason darlings of NBA prognosticators have four in a row. In addition to giving up a whole lot more points, they are scoring at an anemic 91 ppg over those four losses. While all this points toward a good night for Denver, the Nuggets have shown the penchant to playing to the level of the competition. If they hope to pull out another road win, they will need to fight against this tendency.