Game of the Night – Denver at Utah (-3.5, 216.5), 10:35 ET, ESPN
The Jazz welcomed point guard Ricky Rubio back on Monday night but saw their seven-game winning streak end in a disappointing home loss to Portland. With the Nuggets in town, an opportunity presents itself to rebound immediately with a victory they can use as a rallying point with over 30 games left.
Dropping Denver to pull within five games of the Northwest Division leaders sounds a lot better when you’re in fourth place than falling seven behind. The Jazz lost their first four home games but haven’t lost back-to-back games at Vivint Smart Arena since November, so It’s no surprise to see them in a favorite’s role despite the Nuggets coming in just one game behind Golden State for the Western Conference’s top record.