SALT LAKE CITY — No. 25 was spotted at the Utah Jazz shootaround this morning putting in extra work.
As of Monday’s practice, floor general Raul Neto was listed as questionable to play in tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets with a costochondral sprain — near the rib area.
But during Tuesday’s shootaround, Jazz coach Quin Snyder confirmed that the backup point guard will be available tonight.
“We are expecting Raul to play,” Snyder said. “He’s playing in pain is what it comes down to, but Raul’s a tough guy.”
During the last five games, Neto has played at least 10 minutes, including a career-high 22 points in Brooklyn on Nov. 7. He averages 5.2 points, 2.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds on 48.1 percent shooting.
The Jazz are hosting the Denver Nuggets at 8 p.m. live on ESPN in their first nationally televised game of the season. Utah (9-11) is looking to win its third straight game in front of the national audience.
“It’s good. We don’t get a lot of them so it’s good for people from your hometown to get a chance to see you play instead of just following you on the computer,” said Jazz guard Rodney Hood. “I think it’ll be fun.”