The Denver Nuggets (26-12) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (18-20) on Wednesday, January 10th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Nuggets vs Jazz
The Nuggets Are Coming Off A Win
The Nuggets notched a win against the Pistons in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 131-114. The Nuggets not only secured a straight-up victory in this game but also covered the spread as -16-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 236 points in which the two teams surpassed.
In their last ten games, the Nuggets are 8-2 and have an overall record of 26-12. When playing against other teams in the Western Conference, the Nuggets are 16-9 and have a record of 10-3 in non-conference games.
Denver has an overall ATS record of 17-20 for the season so far. Denver has struggled to cover the spread in their last two road games and has an ATS record of 7-12 on the road, while it is 10-8 at home.
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
Jordan Clarkson led Utah with 21 points against the Bucks, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 52.2% in the game. Lauri Markkanen also added 21 points as the Jazz won the game by a score of 132-116.
Entering today’s game vs. the Nuggets, the Jazz are 18-20 overall. In Western Conference play, the Jazz are 10-15 while going 8-5 in non-conference games.
The Jazz have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 22-16. This season, Utah has a 4-2 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 18-14 when playing as underdogs.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Nuggets are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 116.1 points per game (11th).
Heading into tonight’s game against the Jazz, the Nuggets are averaging 116.1 points per game, which is 11th in the NBA. However, on the road, they are scoring 111.6 points per game.
So far this season, the Nuggets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.6% of their games. In terms of pace, Denver is 29th in the league at 96.6 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Nuggets are 4th in field goal percentage at 49%. In terms of three-point shooting, Denver is 10th in three-point percentage but just 22nd in three-point makes per game.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
In 38 games games, Utah has an average of 115.1 points per game (17th).
At home, the Jazz are averaging 121.2 points per game, which is 7th in the NBA. Overall, they are 17th in scoring at 115.1 points per game. In terms of pace, Utah is 11th in the league with 99.9 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Jazz have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.6% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 25th at 46%. When it comes to three-point shooting, Utah is 12th in made threes per game but just 26th in three-point shooting percentage.
On average, the Jazz are making 18.2 free throws per game, which is 15th in the league. In terms of assists, they are 7th at 27.7 per game. In terms of two-point shooting, Utah is 17th in the league at 53%.
Nuggets Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Nuggets’ defense is giving up an average of 110.7 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 52.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.2% of their three-point attempts.
Jazz Team Defense
So far, the Jazz’s defense is ranked 23rd in the league at 118.7 points per contest. Utah’s defense is currently forcing 15.6 turnovers per game, which is 29th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 9th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.8 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Nuggets And Jazz
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Nikola Jokic is set to be the main scorer for the Nuggets, recording 25 points and shooting 10/17 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.5 points per game, in addition to 11.8 rebounds.
On the other side, Lauri Markkanen is our projected leading scorer for the Jazz. We have him ending the game with a team-high 24 and grabbing 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.9%, and he is contributing 23.5 points per game on average.
Nuggets vs Jazz Trends
- Although Denver has a straight up record of 3-0 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs. the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 118 points per game in these games.
- The Jazz are 2-1 ATS in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Utah has an ATS mark of 8-2 while going 7-3 straight up.
- Against the spread, the Nuggets have put together 1-2 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Nuggets vs. Jazz matchup, our bet is to grab the Jazz at +6.5. Even though our projections have the Nuggets winning 114-110, we see the Jazz as the play on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 238 and given that our model is projecting 224 points between the teams, we like the under.
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