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Kenneth Faried a game-time decision vs. Jazz

Faried has been a model of consistency for the Nuggets as they went through one of the toughest early schedules in the league.

Doug Pensinger

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried missed shootaround on Saturday morning due to an illness and is considered a game-time decision for Saturday night's matchup against Utah, according to a tweet from Aaron J. Lopez.

Faried is one of the more productive young forwards in the NBA, averaging a double-double of 12.1 points and 10.0 rebounds on 52.9-percent shooting from the field.

If he doesn't play against Utah, it will be a big blow to the Nuggets as the Jazz have not been able to handle Faried in their previous two contests. Faried is averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game on 56.5-percent shooting against the Jazz this season. That's saying a lot since the Jazz have one of the deepest, more productive frontlines in the league with Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap.

The Nuggets are currently 18-16 while the Jazz come into the game at 17-17.