Jazz vs. Nuggets - 12/1/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (8-8) at Utah Jazz (5-12)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz 0 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT2, ROOT
The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz play Monday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Denver Nuggets are starting to play like a playoff caliber team, winning six of their last seven games. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 105.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and are allowing 105.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 16.3 points and 10 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 14.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Wilson Chandler is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and Kenneth Faried has grabbed 23 rebounds in his last three games. The Denver Nuggets are a top five team in points and rebounds but their defense has to drastically improve in order to take that next step. The good news for Denver fans is that the Nuggets are allowing 41.9 percent shooting in their last five games, almost four percent lower than the league average.
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The Utah Jazz are struggling at both ends and have lost five straight games. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 95.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 19.2 points and 3.9 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.9 points and 8.6 rebounds. Trey Burke is averaging 5.5 assists per game and Enes Kanter has grabbed 17 rebounds in his last three games. The Utah Jazz are averaging just 91 points per game during their five-game losing streak and shooting just 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Jazz have lost 18 of their last 20 games when scoring less than 100 points. The good news for the Jazz is that three of their five wins this season have come at home.
The Nuggets are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Denver Nuggets are playing solid basketball at both ends of the court while the Jazz have been lost for the last week or so. Give me Denver in a pick em game.