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Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (11-14) at Utah Jazz (10-14)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -6 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, ROOT

The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz square off Friday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 98.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while Will Barton is averaging 14.6 points and 2.1 assists. Kenneth Faried is grabbing nine rebounds and Gary Harris is dishing 1.7 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last eight road games. Emmanuel Mudiay is questionable with an ankle injury.

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Jazz need a big victory in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 97.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.4 points and 3.1 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. Alec Burks is dishing 2.4 assists and Rodney Hood is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have lost four of their last six home games.

The Nuggets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-15 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Nuggets have found a little groove lately and have covered eight of 14 games this season when being a dog by five or more points. The Jazz are in a bit of a funk right now and continue to struggle offensively. I like the value of the points here. 

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Denver Nuggets +6

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