No Bojan Bogdanovic, the team’s second-leading scorer this season, out due to wrist surgery.
No Mike Conley, at least for the first couple of games of the series, so he can be there when his son is born.
All that’s bad news for Utah, and now it gets worse: solid backup big man Ed Davis is out of the first round for the Jazz as well,
Davis, battling injuries, played a limited role for the Jazz this season, and that was the case in the bubble as well. Still, he is the kind of solid veteran that Utah could have used more of in the playoffs, a guy coach Quinn Snyder could have trusted.
Denver and Utah tip-off the NBA playoffs from Orlando at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The Nuggets have and Jazz have been evenly matched much of the season, including at the restart where both have struggled to find their form. Whichever team finds their footing first will win this series, and injuries could play a significant role in that.