Denver, Colo. • Former Jazz man Randy Foye is enjoying his new team's success.
Picked to be on of the division's bottom dwellers, the Nuggets are off to a 13-8 start and are coming off a six-game road trip that saw them claim four victories.
Foye pointed to Denver's depth as a key reason for that.
"We're so deep, man," he said. "We play like seven-minute stints at time. Me and Ty [Lawson] start off … then there's Nate [Robinson] and Andre Miller. Then we come back and they usually have their starters playing 11 to 12 minutes. They're tired and we're fresh again."
The Nuggets are averaging over 98 possessions per 48 minutes and they're converting. They're offensive rating of 104.9 points per 100 possessions is one of the league's 10 best.
Jazz will look to slow them down.
"We have to make sure that we're controlling their runs," coach Ty Corbin said. "Their bench is one of the best in the league. … They play at a fast pace all the time, but especially here at home. So we have to make sure we control the tempo of the game."
Utah is coming off a 122-101 win in Sacramento on Wednesday, a game Gordon Hayward called the team's best performance of the season. Asked if the Jazz had turned a corner, Hayward said, "We're getting better as a team, but you can look at the record and see we're still pretty far back and still in need of a lot of growth, a lot of improvement. But definitely when we're at full strength I feel like we play pretty well and we're always in the game and giving ourselves a chance to win."
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Utah's probable starters:
PG — Trey Burke, 12.8 ppg, 4.6 apg
SG — Gordon Hayward, 16.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg
SF — Richard Jefferson, 10.1 ppg, 3 rpg
PF — Marvin Williams, 10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg
C — Derrick Favors, 13.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg
Denver's probable starters:
PG — Andre Miller, 6.2 ppg, 2.6 apg*
SG — Randy Foye, 10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
SF — Wilson Chandler, 10.7 ppg, 4.5 ppg
PF — Kenneth Faried, 10 ppg, 8.5 rpg
C — J.J. Hickson, 10.5 ppg, 8.2 ppg
On the Jazz: Had a season high 35 assists and a season low six turnovers against the Kings on Wednesday. … The Jazz are 4-2 this year when Marvin Williams starts. … Gordon Hayward's 39.6 percent field goal shooting would be a career low for a season.
On the Nuggets: *Miller is listed as the starter on the game notes, though regular starter Ty Lawson, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, is also expected to be available. … Lawson's 8 assists a game are the fifth most in the league. … At 44.7 points per game, Denver's bench is the third high-scoring in the league this season, behind the Lakers and the Spurs.
The spread: Denver -10.5, per Bovada.lv.
HOT: Denver's Wilson Chandler had 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a win over Washington earlier this week. The Nuggets are 11-4 since his return from injury in mid-November.
NOT: Jazz rookie Rudy Gobert's minutes have been limited of late. The 7-footer has only played eight minutes combined in the Jazz's last three.
— Aaron Falk
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