NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 11th (All times eastern)
Denver Nuggets (41-36) at Utah Jazz (48-29), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Northwest Division rivals battle tonight, as the red-hot Denver Nuggets visit the struggling Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Jazz have won the Northwest title and are the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff race, while the Nuggets are No. 6 in the West. Denver is also 1 1/2 games ahead of the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. The Jazz are 3-0 against Denver this season and have won six in a row in the series.
Denver has lost three straight and five of its last six at Utah.
The Nuggets, who open a three-game road trip this evening, have won a season- best six straight games. Carmelo Anthony came through in the clutch with three free throws, as Denver outlasted the Lakers, 115-111, on Monday at the Pepsi Center.
Anthony scored 33 points and finished 14-of-16 from the charity stripe in the victory for the Nuggets. Allen Iverson ended with 24 points, while Linas Kleiza added 17 points and Eduardo Najera netted 14 and pulled down nine rebounds.
Denver is 19-18 on the road this season. The Nuggets are scheduled to visit the Hornets on Friday at the Ford Center and the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday at FedExForum.
Utah enters tonight's game on a four-game losing streak. On Monday, Stephen Jackson scored 28 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 126-102 win over the Jazz at ORACLE Arena.
Ronnie Brewer poured in 21 points for the Jazz, who have lost five of their last six games overall. All-Star Carlos Boozer finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Matt Harpring scored 17 off the bench.
On the injury front for Utah, starting point guard Deron Williams (strained left groin) and Gordan Giricek (sore right ribs) are questionable for tonight's contest. Williams is averaging 16.5 points and a team-best 9.4 assists in 75 games this season.
The Jazz are an impressive 29-8 at home this season. They will visit Dirk Nowitzki and the NBA-best Dallas Mavericks on Friday at American Airlines Center.
04/11 10:57:56 ET