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Utah Jazz: Marvin Williams has become a team linchpin
NBA » Numbers don’t lie: Utah is a better team when Williams is healthy and on floor.

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Williams called the two squads "very similar."

"You had to take a few lumps but we continued to work hard and we became a better team over the years," he said. "I think this Utah team has a really good chance to do that."

At a glance

Jazz at Nuggets

O At the Pepsi Center (Denver)

Tipoff » Friday, 7 p.m.

TV » ROOT Sports

Radio » 97.5 FM, 960 AM, 1280 AM

Records » Jazz 5-19; Nuggets 13-8

About the Jazz » After missing multiple games with injuries, forwards Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams both started in a win Wednesday over the Kings. Neither player experienced setbacks and both practiced Thursday. … Will be looking to avenge a home loss to the Nuggets last month, in which the Jazz let a fourth-quarter lead turn into a double-digit loss. … Had a season-high 35 assists and a season-low six turnovers against Sacramento.

About the Nuggets »  Coming off a six-game road trip in which they went 4-2. … Point guard Ty Lawson (hamstring) practiced and is expected to play Friday. He is the Nuggets’ leading scorer. … Coach Brian Shaw has his team exceeding expectations even with forward Danilo Gallinari still injured.

Marvin Williams file

Hometown » Bremerton, Wash.

Height » 6-9

Weight »  237

Drafted » No. 2 overall in 2005 out of North Carolina

Points » 10.2 per game

Rebounds » 5.1 per game

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