The Utah Jazz will take a big step forward in their next contest with the Denver Nuggets, but it’s not one to celebrate. Joe Ingles will be the first Jazzman to enter NBA health and safety protocols during the 2021-22 season. Jazz fans (27-10) may want to keep their complaints if they talk to Nuggets fans (18-17). The Nugs enter this contest with reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, but they’re sadly shorthanded. They’ve been without star point guard Jamal Murray for the entire season and dynamic forward Michael Porter Jr. for most of it.

A starting backcourt from Facu Campazzo and Austin Rivers, respectfully, shouldn’t scare away jazz fans. On the flip side, Nikola Jokic’s generational combination of size and overtaking ability could do just that. He makes sure the Nuggets are still competitive, but they’ll still struggle against an elite Utah Jazz team.

Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets odds tonight

According to WynnBet, the Jazz are the 3 point favorites to retire from this game with a win and a -160 point favorite on the silver line. The Nuggets are a +130 Money Line underdog.

The over / under is currently at 223.0 points.

Utah Jazz starting lineup

The Jazz may lack a key reserve in Joe Ingles, but there will be no change in his starting lineup. Quin Snyder will be deploying his usual group of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royle O’Neale and Rudy Gobert in this contest.

Utah Jazz Injury Report

Apart from Ingles, Eric Paschall remains absent for personal reasons. Meanwhile, Hassan Whiteside is listed as day to day in the concussion protocol.

Prediction Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets

General NBA fans will wish this game represented the Clash of the Titans to which it has potential. Nikola Jokic vs. Rudy Gobert is the ultimate offensive vs. defense competition. Plus, the Nuggets’ star big man is said to be surrounded by one of the league’s most talented supporting players.

Unfortunately, that won’t be the case without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. As a result, Jazz should be heavily favored in this game. Jokic has kept the Nuggets afloat this season, but with so little support it will be difficult for him to wear his Nuggets in front of a group as talented as the Jazz.

Prediction: Jazz 120, Nuggets 111

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Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets TV Channel

Denver fans can watch this contest on Altitude Sports, while Utah jazz fans should tune in to AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain

Utah Jazz program and next game

The Jazz enjoy a day off before embarking on an Eastern Conference road trip. They will face the Toronto Raptors on January 7 and the Indiana Pacers the following night.

After this clash, they will face the Detroit Pistons on January 10. They return home to welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 12.