National Basketball Association
Preview
Utah at Denver
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, February 27, 2015
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

The Denver Nuggets look to halt their eight-game home losing streak when they host the Utah Jazz on Friday night. The Nuggets are coming off a 110-96 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and have dropped 17 of their last 19 games, including their last three by an average margin of 22.3 points. Denver has surrendered 104 or more points in six of its eight losses in the month of February and hopes to stop the bleeding by beating the Jazz for the third consecutive time.

Utah missed a golden opportunity to secure its first three-game winning streak in over a year when it blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter to fall 100-97 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. The Jazz have lost five of their last seven games on the road, with their last three losses away from home coming by a combined 13 points. Utah has failed to top the 100-point plateau in four straight games and hopes to get back on track by winning in Denver for the first time since Dec. 13, 2013.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ROOT (Utah), Altitude (Denver)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (21-35): Gordon Hayward led the way with 20 points and Elijah Millsap added a career-high 17 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough as Utah let a 13-point lead slip away to the Lakers. Hayward coughed the ball up six times as the Jazz finished with more turnovers (21) than assists (18). "This is not so much poise but a lack of mental toughness," Utah coach Quin Snyder told reporters. "This is something we have to grow from as we didn't do enough when it counted."

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (20-37): Kenneth Faried (thumb) and Wilson Chandler (groin) sat out the loss to Phoenix, but are both likely to return in time to face the Jazz on Friday. The news may not be as good for rookie revelation Jusuf Nurkic, who sustained a right lateral ankle sprain in the fourth quarter versus the Suns and there is no timetable for his return. "He hasn't ever really been hurt before so for that to happen would be pretty scary for him," Denver coach Brian Shaw told reporters. "He wouldn't let anyone touch him when he was on the court."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Nuggets have won five of the last seven meetings.

2. Denver has been outrebounded 182-131 in its last three outings.

3. The Jazz have finished below 70 percent from the free-throw line in 10 of their last 12 games.

PREDICTION: Nuggets 104, Jazz 101
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 21-35 L1 12-16 9-19 0-2 21-33 4-4 12-22
Denver 20-37 L4 12-16 8-21 0-5 20-32 4-7 13-20
Last Meeting
Utah Denver
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/1/14 DEN 103 UTA 101 101 48 42.9 103 39 47.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 25 38.9 8
Denver W. Chandler 15 46.2 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah E. Kanter 15 5 10
Denver T. Mozgov 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Utah T. Burke 8
Denver T. Lawson 12
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 1219 46.1 301
Denver T. Lawson 942 44.7 229
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 494 170 324
Denver K. Faried 474 165 309
Assists Player  
Utah T. Burke 289
Denver T. Lawson 570
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Off vs  Denver Defense
95.6 Points For
104.3 Points Against
44.9 FG%
45.3 FG%
43.2 Reb
45.6 Reb
Denver Off vs  Utah Defense
99.8 Points For
97.5 Points Against
42.8 FG%
45.5 FG%
45.6 Reb
39.3 Reb