"I watched it all the way up to the third quarter," said Jazz center Al Jefferson. "I was hoping, thinking maybe I was jinxing Dallas. I thought maybe if I turned it off they would come back and win. But they didn't."
The Jazz will be without back-up center Enes Kanter and guard Kevin Murphy in the critical game against Denver.
Kanter remains sidelined indefinitely because of a dislocated shoulder suffered one week against Phoenix. Murphy is out because is a skin infection.
Denver, which is 50-24 and battling for a top-four seed in the Western Conference playoffs, will likely be without point guard Ty Lawson.
The Nuggets' top scorer, Lawson is officially listed as day-to-day because of a torn plantar fascia in his foot. But he is not expected to play in Utah, where Denver suffered a 105-103 loss on Nov. 26.
"We know what type of team they are," said Jazz forward Paul Millsap. "They had a 15-game winning streak going at one point, so we know who they are. We just have to be on top of our [game] and try to make it happen."