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Heading into this matchup are two teams coming off of big wins, the Jazz against the Lakers and the Nuggets on the road against the Rockets. But both teams have struggled so far in the young season and each have records of 2-3. Here's a look at how the two teams compare statistically.

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Jazz PPG: 97.60

Jazz opponents PPG: 96.20

Nuggets PPG: 96.40

Nuggets opponents PPG: 97.80

The Jazz are outscoring opponents by 1.40 points per game and the Nuggets are being outscored by an average of 1.40 points per game. Since both teams tend to be in pretty close games, don't expect this one to be a blowout.

3-Point Percentage
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Jazz 3PT%: 35.6

Jazz opponents 3PT%: 37.2

Nuggets 3PT%: 29.2

Nuggets opponents 3PT%: 32.7

Both teams shoot worse from behind the arc than their opponents, but the Nuggets' shooting has been atrocious. This might be one factor that contributes to the losing records for each team, as most winning teams are shooting better from deep than their opponents.

Miami, New York and Dallas all shoot at least six percent better from deep than their opponents.

Field Goal Percentage
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Jazz FG%: 44.3

Jazz opponents FG%: 43.0

Nuggets FG%: 43.5

Nuggets opponents FG%: 43.5

Neither team shoots horribly from the field but they don't have a great shooting percentage either. The Heat, Knicks, Mavericks and Spurs all shoot at least 46.5 percent from the field and none of those teams have lost more than one game this season.

Note: The Jazz held the Lakers to just 33.8 field goal shooting and the Nuggets held the Rockets to 36.9 percent. The Jazz and Nuggets won those games.

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Jazz TO: 14.6

Jazz opponents TO: 15.4

Nuggets TO: 17.6

Nuggets opponents TO: 14.4

If there's one thing that makes it hard to win, it's turning the ball over more than the opposing team. Denver already struggles with this. The Jazz forced 19 turnovers while committing just 12 of their own in defeating the Lakers.

Free Throw Percentage
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Jazz FT%: 75.7

Jazz opponents FT%: 75.4

Nuggets FT%: 64.4

Nuggets opponents FT%: 79.8

It's hard to win games when shooting 64 percent from the free throw line as a team like the Nuggets do.

One thing to look at in this game will be fouls. On average, the Jazz commit 24 fouls per game, while the Nuggets commit just 19. With such terrible free throw shooting by the Nuggets, fouling to get back in the game could really help the Jazz.

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Jazz APG: 20.2

Jazz opponents APG: 20.8

Nuggets APG: 19.4

Nuggets opponents APG: 22.4

The Jazz do a better job at sharing the ball than the Nuggets, but not by much. Both teams allow more assists than they dish out, something that could be a contributing factor to why the Jazz and Nuggets having losing records right now. Most winning teams in the NBA dish out more assists than they allow.

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Jazz SPG: 9.6

Jazz opponents SPG: 8.4

Nuggets SPG: 7.6

Nuggets opponents SPG: 10.2

In addition to turning the ball over Denver struggles to get a lot of steals and block shots. These could lead to a lot of Jazz points, if they can convert.

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Jazz RPG: 43.2

Jazz opponents RPG: 42.8

Nuggets RPG: 49.4

Nuggets opponents RPG: 40.6

The Nuggets have a huge edge in rebounding, getting almost nine more a game than opposing teams. But this doesn't always translate into wins.

On average, the Clippers, Heat, Knicks and Spurs all get outrebounded by their opponents.

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Jazz BPG: 7.2

Jazz opponents BPG: 5.6

Nuggets BPG: 5.8

Nuggets opponents BPG: 7.6

Utah and Denver are almost exactly the opposite in this category. The Jazz big men plus Gordon Hayward can block a lot of shots. Hayward had three of the Jazz seven blocks against the Lakers and Favors had two.

The 100 Mark
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When Jazz score 100: 1-1

When opponents score 100: 0-2

When Nuggets score 100: 1-1

When opponents score 100: 0-2

If either team wants to win, they'll probably have to hold the other under 100. Neither team has won a game yet this season, when allowing 100 points or more. That could be a key indicator in this game.