NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 30th (All times eastern)
Denver Nuggets (38-31) at Utah Jazz (22-48), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The playoff-hopeful Denver Nuggets try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they visit the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
The Nuggets are two games ahead of Minnesota for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves do not play until Thursday, as they are scheduled to visit the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Nuggets and Utah. The Jazz defeated Denver on November 6th on the road and two days later at the Delta Center, while the Nuggets beat Utah, 97-87, on February 8th at the Pepsi Center to snap a three-game series losing streak
Overall, Denver has won four of the last seven meetings, while the Jazz have won seven of 11 and 12 of the last 17 contests. The Nuggets have lost two straight, 16 of 17 and 22 of their last 24 at Utah.
Denver plays the finale of a brief two-game road trip. On Monday, Shawn Marion finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds and MVP candidate Steve Nash added 23 points and 12 assists, as the Phoenix Suns downed the Nuggets, 123-114, at America West Arena. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points to lead seven Denver scorers in double figures in the loss.
Andre Miller collected 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds against Phoenix for the Nuggets, who had their winning streak halted at six games. Marcus Camby and Wesley Person each scored 14 points in defeat.
On the injury front, forward Kenyon Martin did not play against the Suns because of a bruised chest. He is doubtful for tonight's game. The Cincinnati product has missed eight contests this season.
Under the leadership of head coach George Karl, the Nuggets have compiled an impressive 21-6 record. Karl became the team's general on January 27th when he replaced interim head coach Michael Cooper.
Denver, which is 14-2 since the All-Star break with both of those losses in that stretch coming against the Suns, is 13-21 as the visitor this season. The Nuggets are 6-4 in their last 10 as the visitor.
The disappointing Jazz play the fifth contest of a season-high seven-game homestand. Utah is 2-2 on the current stand.
On Monday, superstar Tracy McGrady scored 44 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 99-85 victory over Utah at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur led the Jazz, who have lost 11 of their last 13 games overall, with 25 points. Matt Harpring contributed 18 in the loss.
Utah, which is 9-38 when it scores under 100 points this season, has scored under 100 points in 17 of its last 19 games. The Jazz are 4-11 in Wednesday games.
The Jazz, who will host the Golden State Warriors on Friday and the Portland Trail Blazers on April 5th in the finale of the homestand, are just 15-20 at the Delta Center this season.
03/30 10:12:35 ET