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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz

January 10, 2024

The defending champion Denver Nuggets get set to take on the Utah Jazz Wednesday night inside the Delta Center in Salt Lake Center in Utah. They tip it off at 10:00 pm.  Bookmaker has installed the Nuggets as a solid 6.5-point favorite.

Denver Nuggets Betting Preview

The Nuggets (26-12) have had a nice start to the season as we are approaching the mid-way point of the season, Denver sits a solid 14 games over .500 and they have the game's best player in Nikola Jokic who is netting around 25 a game as the Nuggets have ripped off an impressive nine out of their last 11 overall. 

Denver has a ton of scorers on their roster, including point guard Jamal Murray, who is posting 20 points per game to go along with just under seven assists per night. 

The Nuggets connect on 57% from the floor, including 37% from beyond the arc. They are one of the better shooting teams in the league and their pace is nothing short of fast. 

Murray is netting around 19 in his career against the Jazz and he waits for Jokic to draw a double team and then knock down the open look. Jokic has a tendency to take over games and has had some big moments against the Jazz in his career, averaging around 28 a clip. He has dominated them in the past. 

Utah Jazz Betting Preview

The Jazz (18-20) were expected to contend for a playoff spot this season but they have not even been able to consistently stay around .500 on the season. They sit two games under .500 and have won four out of their last five overall. So, they have shown they have the ability and the talent to win some games here and there. 

It is just a matter of before they string together a nice winning streak and right now we think they will make this a game against the Nuggets. If they slow down Murray from the outside they might be able to steal this one. 

On offense, look for power forward Lauri Markkanen to carry the load and try to chip in with his season averages of 23 points and nine rebounds. He is a solid player who can play with his back against the rim. Utah connects on 53% from the floor including 33% from beyond the arc. 

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The Jazz are a very solid 4-1 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the spread. They are also 10-12 in their road games against the number and the totals have gone over in two out of their last five games and nine out of their last 16 games at home. Denver is 3-2 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the number. Denver is 7-12 in their road games against the number too. 

Pick: Denver Nuggets - 6.5