Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz - 4/12/14
Utah Jazz (24-54) at Denver Nuggets (35-44)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -9.5 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets host the Utah Jazz as the regular season comes to a close.
Head to head, the Jazz are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Denver. The Nuggets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Jazz on the other hand are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Denver Nuggets might still be losing more games than they win, but they have been the best against the spread team these past couple of weeks, going 13-3 in their last 16 overall. While the Nuggets own a losing against the spread record at the Pepsi Center, Denver has actually covered the number in each of their last six home games, which are encouraging sings for next season. The Nuggs are also coming off two impressive victories over Houston and then on the road at Golden State on Thursday night.
On the other hand, the end of the regular season can't come quick enough for this young Utah Jazz squad. It's been a tough old season for Utah and things haven't gotten any easier in the latter stages of the season as they limp into tonight's contest having won just three of their last 19 contests. The Jazz have also lost five of their last six by an average of 16.2 points per game.
Utah has actually defeated the Nuggets in their last two meetings this season, both by double-digits mind you. Having said that, both of those games were months ago when Denver was really struggling. Coming off back-to-back home wins over Houston and New Orleans by a combined 37 points, plus the fact that the Jazz are coming off a road loss in Portland last night, Denver looks like the pick tonight...
Dan’s Pick: Denver -9.5
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