[9:00 PM] Jazz @ Nuggets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Utah Jazz (7-7)

@ Denver Nuggets (4-8)


The line for this game is Denver by 3 points.

Gordon Hayward has suddenly found himself in a slump, and he’s pulled the Utah Jazz down with him. Hayward and the Jazz will try to emerge from a funk and snap a three-game losing streak when they visit the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

Utah is 3-4 when playing without point guard George Hill, who missed his seventh straight game with a thumb injury on Saturday and is still considered day-to-day. Dante Exum has started five in a row in Hill’s place but has yet to record more than two assists in any of those affairs after Hill produced at least three in each of his seven games. Rodney Hood scored 25 points – his best total since the season opener – against Houston while hitting 5-of-8 from 3-point range, emerging from a slump that saw him make just 3-of-18 triples over the course of three games.

Denver is 0-2 in overtime and 1-4 in games decided by three points or fewer, often finding the wrong time to commit some of its Western Conference-high 17.3 turnovers per game. Mudiay entered Saturday ranked fifth in the NBA in turnovers (4.3 per game) and he continues to struggle with his long-range shot, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts against the Raptors and going 1-of-15 over the last three games.

Nuggets F Wilson Chandler is averaging 23.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting in the last three games.

The Nuggets have dropped five straight meetings while being held under the 90-point mark each time.

The teams square off three times in a span of two weeks, as Denver visits Utah on Wednesday and again on Dec. 3.


StreakSmarts Pick: Utah Jazz

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick