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DEN vs UTA Dream11 NBA Team Prediction – Fantasy Team News

By Anurag tyagi @anuragtyaggi

DEN vs UTA Dream11 NBA Team Prediction – Fantasy Team News
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets

Match Timing: January 24, 2019, @ 09:00 AM IST

NBA Regular Season
Venue – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Capacity- 18,300


Two of the most in-form teams this season will collide when Utah Jazz meet Denver Nuggets in an NBA match at Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday morning (IST).

Utah Jazz:
The six-game winning streak came to an end as Utah Jazz suffered a shock 104-109 home lass against Portland Trail Blazers.

Donovan Mitchell had a monster of a game as he dropped a game-high 36 points in the match. But the support he got from his teammates wasn’t enough to alleviate the impact made by Blazers as a team.

For the visitors, Damian Lillard scored a team-high 26 points, and received an ample support from Jusuf Nurkic (22 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds), C. J. McCollum (14 points), Evan Turner (10 points) and Jake Layman (12 points) and made sure Portland’s third consecutive win.

The loss was just the 2nd in the last 10 games for Quin Snyder and his team. The result could have been different though had Jazz been more clinical in the fourth quarter.

The hosts had a 9-point lead deep in the 2nd quarter, which was reduced to seven by Lillard’s two-pointer at the half-time. The visitors started the match after the break with a flurry of baskets, ending the third quarter 39-28 to go into the fourth quarter with a four points lead.

Jazz clawed their way back into the match, even in the absence of Donovan Mitchell who was on the bench for making four fouls. But Jazz were unaffected in his absence in that period, and upped the ante. From chasing the game at 75-80, Utah went on an 11-3 run to put their noses in front.

But Jazz suffered from their own lean phase at the most crucial period in the match as Blazers scripted a 13-2 run, taking an eight-point lead and never surrendered it.

Denver Nuggets:
Denver Nuggets maintained their hold of the second place in the Western Conference with a routine 124-102 win over Cleveland Cavaliers. It was their 2nd on the trot and seventh in the last 10 games coming into their next encounter against Utah Jazz.

Cavaliers made a good start in the match, as they went toe-to-toe with Nuggets for much of the first quarter. At one point, the Cavs had an 18-14 lead in the first quarter. But the 2016 NBA champions ran out of the gas in the end and ended up losing the first quarter 37-25.

The game was almost done and dusted at half-time as Denver won the second quarter 33-21, and went into the break with a massive 24 points lead.

The young superstar Jamal Murray led his team as the 21-year-old scored a game-high 26 points. Nikola Jokic, meanwhile, had the most impact as he dropped a triple-double, ending the match with 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

Regular Season Record-
Utah Jazz:
W-26, L-22
Denver Nuggets:
W-31, L-14

Players to watch out for:

Utah Jazz:
Donovan Mitchell –
He has gone into his own God-Mode in the last few games, taking his average beyond expected zones. At the moment, his season average reads 22 points per game, but in the last 10 games, the 22-year-old has dropped points at 28.6 per game. Absolutely phenomenal. If he can keep this momentum going, Utah Jazz should be comfortable in seeing out the playoff challenge from teams sitting below them.
Rudy Gobert – Few players are out there for whom the mere points per game can’t justify the importance to the team. The 26-year-old is certainly one of those players who fits into that category. He may be dropping points at 14.9 per game this season, but the former Denver Nuggets star makes telling contribution in other departments as well, most notably the rebounds.

Denver Nuggets:
Nikola Jokic –
If the players can fly into unchartered territories with their performances, then Nikola Jokic is certainly strolling towards something esoteric as far as his own career so far is concerned. The 23-year-old is destroying his own numbers, going for a massive 25.3 points per game in the last 10 matches or so. The Serbian showed his power when he dropped 40 points against Portland Trail Blazers a few days ago.
Jamal Murray – Scored a game-high in the last game, 26 points, as Nuggets got the better of Cleveland Cavaliers. The 21-year-old is dropping 18.8 points per game this season. Certainly a player with a big future.

Utah Jazz:

Injured – For the hosts, there are some problems in this department. Dante Exum (Ankle Injury), Raul Neto (Groin Injury) and Thabo Sefolosha (Muscle Injury) all will be missing the home clash with their respective injuries.
Questionable Ricky Rubio, meanwhile, returned in the last game from the muscle injury. The 28-year-old missed the last five games and should be fine here.

Suspended – None.

Denver Nuggets:
Injured – Isaiah Thomas is still out with a hip injury. The former Boston Celtics superstar is yet to feature for his new team this season. While Michael Porter Jr. is recovering from a Back injury won’t be involved in the match.
Questionable – The good news is that both Juan Hernangomez (abdominal strain) and the 19-year-old Jarred Vanderbilt have been upgraded to questionable ahead of this match. A pre-match assessment is expected to be done on both players.
Suspended – None.

DEN vs UTA Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):

Utah Jazz Denver Nuggets
Joe Ingles (F) Torrey Craig (F)
Jae Crowder (F) Paul Millsap (F)
Derrick Favors (C) Nikola Jokic (C)
Royce O’Neale (G) Malik Beasley (G)
Donovan Mitchell (G) Jamal Murray (G)

  • Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles (F), Jae Crowder (F), Derrick Favors (C), Royce O’Neale (G), Donovan Mitchell (G)
  • Denver Nuggets:  Torrey Craig (F), Paul Millsap (F), Nikola Jokic (C), Malik Beasley (G), Jamal Murray (G)

From the bench (Probables):

  • Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert, Kyle Korver, Ricky Rubio, Georges Niang
  • Denver Nuggets: Will Barton, Mason Plumlee, Trey Lyles, Monte Morris, Gary Harris, Tyler Lydon, Brandon Goodwin

DEN vs UTA Dream11 Fantasy Team:


Behind only Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, Denver Nuggets have exceeded expectations. But with more than half of the season gone, and considering the consistency in their results, not nothing should be taken as out of the blue results.
Utah Jazz are in good form as well. They are winning games and have improved their chances of finishing in the top-8 by big time.
So it’s going to be a fascinating battle as two good teams square off to keep their respective momentum going.
A win for Jazz is our call.


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