Utah Jazz (16-22) at Denver Nuggets (20-17)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets meet Friday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Utah Jazz need a victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 101.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 18.3 points and 3.4 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 17 points and 2.6 rebounds. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 4.9 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost five straight road games.
The Denver Nuggets also need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 107.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 16.6 points and 3.3 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 3.9 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Jazz are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jazz are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings, the home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Utah Jazz are back to stinking up the joint, as they're being outscored by 14 points in their last five games and have failed to cover in four of those contests. The Denver Nuggets have been hit or miss this season overall, but they've been lights out at home all season, and that includes covering games at a solid percentage. There's just no reason to consider the Jazz and the points in their current form. Give me Denver at home.