The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz meet Saturday in NBA action at the Vivint Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.9 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.8 points and 11.9 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 20 points and 4 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game.
The Utah Jazz are averaging 117.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 117.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 25.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.8 points and 4 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 3.7 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games. The Jazz are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 10-1 in Nuggets last 11 overall. The over is 12-4-1 in Jazz last 17 overall. The Nuggets are 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Utah and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Utah Jazz have thrown in the towel on the season, and I doubt they bring much effort here. This line tells me the Denver Nuggets may give some of their key players some run. Either way, this is a game where neither team has much to play for, and the Jazz are trying to get more ping pong balls. It's the Nuggets or pass for me.