The Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets will face off in a Northwest Division clash at 10 p.m. ET Jan. 5 at Ball Arena. Denver is 18-17 overall and 8-6 at home, while the Jazz are 27-10 overall and 13-3 on the road. These teams met in late October in which the Jazz won at home by a score of 122-110.
Utah is favored by 3.5 points in the latest Nuggets vs. Jazz odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 222. Before entering any Jazz vs. Nuggets picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Nuggets vs. Jazz spread: Nuggets +3.5
- Nuggets vs. Jazz over-under: 222 points
Featured Game | Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz
What you need to know about the Nuggets
Denver ended up a good deal behind the Dallas Mavericks when they played on Monday, losing 103-89. Shooting guard Will Barton wasn’t much of a difference maker for Denver; Barton picked up four fouls and turned the ball over seven times en route to a 12-point finish. Denver lost despite the efforts of reigning MVP Nikola Jokic who had 27 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Denver will be without Jeff Green and Monte Morris due to health and safety protocols, while Zeke Nnaji (protocols) and Austin Rivers (thumb) are questionable. Even with the presence of Jokic, Denver has struggled on the defensive end of the court as it ranks 29th in blocks per game and 28th in rebounds per game. The Nuggets will rely on their efficiency on the offensive end of the court if they want to pull the upset as Denver ranks second in 2P percentage and 10th in overall FG percentage.
What you need to know about the Jazz
Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the contest between Utah and the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday was still a pretty decisive one as Utah wrapped it up with a 115-104 win on the road. Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and point guard Mike Conley were among the main playmakers for the Jazz as the former shot 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished with 29 points and five assists and the latter had 22 points and seven assists along with eight boards.
Joe Ingles (protocols) is out for Wednesday, while Utah has a number of players questionable including Rudy Gobert (shoulder), Bojan Bogdanovic (finger), Royce O’Neale (knee) and Hassan Whiteside (concussion). When fully healthy, the Jazz are arguably the most balanced team in the league as they rank first in offensive efficiency and fifth in defensive efficiency. The Jazz have also won nine straight road games and their 13-3 away record is tied for the best in the NBA.
How to make Jazz vs. Nuggets picks
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