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Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets - 4/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz
Date & Time Tuesday April 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
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The Line: Utah Jazz -1.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look for a statement victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 20.2 points and 10.8 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.2 points and 4.9 assists. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last eight road games.

The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 111.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.5 points and 4.2 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 15.8 points and 12.9 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won each of their last seven home games.

The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Nuggets are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah and 7-15 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Jazz last 9 home games. The under is 20-6 in Nuggets last 26 overall.

Even with the Utah Jazz banged up and many role players listed as questionable, they're still one of the hotter teams in the league and are winning their last five games by an average of 10.2 points while shooting 51.5 precent from the field. The Denver Nuggets lose on the road by an average of 2.4 points and the defensive effort isn't nearly the same as it is at home. The home team has also won nine of the last 10 meetings between the Nuggets and Jazz. I'll lay the bucket with the Jazz, as they're playing too well at the moment to bet against. 

Utah Jazz -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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