Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets (15-4, first in the Western Conference) (11-8, fifth in the Western Conference)
Denver; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EST
The Denver Nuggets play Utah Jazz, leading the league.
Against Northwest Division rivals, the Nuggets are 3-1. Denver is third in the NBA with 27.1 assists per game, averaging 8.7, led by Nikola Jokic.
Against Western Conference rivals, the Jazz went 10-2. With 11.7 offensive rebounds per game, led by Rudy Gobert, Utah is second in the league, averaging 3.8.
For the second time this season, the two teams will match up. In their final matchup on Jan. 17, the Jazz beat the Nuggets 109-105. With 23 points, Jordan Clarkson led Utah, and Jokic paced Denver with 35 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: With 11.7 rebounds, Jokic leads the Nuggets and averages 25.7 points. Over the last 10 games for Denver, Jamal Murray is averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 assists.
Gobert leads the Jazz with 13.6 points on average and adds 14.0 rebounds. Over the last 10 matches for Utah, Mike Conley is shooting 46.1 percent and scoring 16.4 points.
LAST 10 GAMES:
Nuggets: 7-3, 115.3 points on average, 47.8 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 9.8 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 47.5% off the floor. Their rivals, on 47.5 percent shooting, averaged 107.7 points.
Jazz: 10-0, 115.6 points on average, 50.9 rebounds, 24.2 assists, 6.4 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% off the floor. Their opponents, on 42.6 percent shooting, averaged 99.7 points.
Nuggets: Greg Whittington: out (knee), PJ Dozier: out (knee), out (knee) (hamstring).
Jazz: Donovan Mitchell: out (concussion), Derrick Favors: out (back), Elijah Hughes: out (health and security protocols), Trent Forrest: out (health and safety protocols) (ankle).