Jazz host Nuggets
(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets will try to extend their three-game
winning streak tonight when they visit the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
The Nuggets, who are seeded third in the Western Conference playoff race, made
it three wins in a row with Monday’s 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail
Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 28 points and helped Denver capture the
Northwest Division title. The division title for the playoff-bound Nuggets is
their first since the 1987-88 campaign when they ended with a mark of 54-28.
Marcus Camby and former Trail Blazer Ruben Patterson both tallied 21 points,
while DerMarr Johnson came off the bench to contribute 13 points and Andre
Miller accounted for 10 and a game-high nine assists for the Nuggets.
Denver is 1-3 in its last four road games and 18-21 as the visitor this
The Jazz also have won three in a row and will close out a three-game
homestand against Denver.
Utah, which is two games behind Sacramento for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference, posted its third straight win with Monday’s
85-83 win over the Houston Rockets.
Carlos Boozer finished with 25 points and hit 1-of-2 free throws with 4.3
seconds to play to secure the win at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur added 20
points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Jazz, while Matt Harpring tallied
14 points and Deron Williams scored 11 with a game-high eight assists.
The Jazz are 3-1 in their last four home games and 20-19 as the host this
Wednesday’s game between Denver and Utah is the fourth and final meeting of
the season between the teams. The Jazz own a 2-1 record in the season series
and have won five of the last eight meetings.
Denver has lost three of its last four trips and 17 of 19 at Utah.