Denver Nuggets (0-0) vs. Utah Jazz (0-0)
October 19, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Jazz +7.5; Over/Under: +217.5
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The Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz collide at the Vivint Arena on Wednesday night.
The Denver Nuggets are all set for a monster season after finishing in 6th position in the Western Conference standings thanks to an MVP season from Nikola Jokic who led the way with averages of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. Aaron Gordon averaged 15.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, Jeff Green averaged 10.3 points per game while Bones Hyland averaged 10.1 points and 2.8 assists per game. As a team, the Nuggets scored 112.7 points per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz will be looking to bounce back and return to the playoffs after getting bounced out by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Donovan Mitchell led the team with averages of 25.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game before getting traded away to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 points per game, Jordan Clarkson averaged 16.0 points per game while Mike Conley averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. As a team, the Jazz scored 113.6 points per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on three or more days rest. The Jazz are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games playing on three or more days rest.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Utah, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Nuggets are 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Utah.
The Nuggets had to rely heavily on Jokic to carry them as they had to deal with injuries all season, but things are looking up this season and I think they can kick things off with a big win. The Jazz will be growing through some major growing pains after trading away key players in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, so I’ll stick with the Nuggets to take advantage and get their first win of the season.