The Denver Nuggets travel to the Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the Utah Jazz. Utah has lost four straight games over a brutal road trip but the return to home should rejuvenate Utah. The Jazz most recent loss was on the road to the Trailblazers falling 124-107 to drop their record on the season to 32-17. The Nuggets were upset on the road by the Detroit Pistons falling 128-123 to drop their record to 34-16 on the year.
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz Head to Head
These teams have played 196 regular season games with Spurs holding a commanding lead 115 to 81. The Jazz played the Nuggets tough in the previous meeting, with Rudy Gobert leading the way. His fellow first time all star teammate Donovan Mitchell however mustered only four points. Now on their home court and now the well rested team, the Jazz and Mitchell are going to be looking to make a point in this contest.
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz Stats
Utah comes in averaging 111.1 points per game ranking 16th in the NBA but is shooting 47.3% from the field which ranks 5th in NBA offensive shooting percentage. Utah is led by Donovan Mitchell who is averaging 24.6 points per game while adding 4.3 assists per game ranking second on the team. Leading the front-court is reining defensive player of the year, center Rudy Gobert who is averaging a double-double with 15.6 points per game while adding 14.5 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets come in struggling on the offensive end averaging just 109.8 points per game ranking 19th in the NBA while shooting 46.1% from the field. The Nuggets are led by all-star center Nikola Jokic who is averaging a double-double with 20.2 points per game while adding 10 rebounds per game. Jokic also leads the team with 6.7 assists per game and is shooting 51.2% from the field. Leading the backcourt is point guard Jamal Murray who is averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 4.6 assists per game.
The Jazz are solid on defense allowing opposing teams to score 107 points per game ranking 8th in scoring defense in the NBA while holding opponents to 44.9% from the field ranking the Jazz 10th in defensive field goal percentage. The Nuggets are one of the best defenses in the NBA allowing 106.5 points per game ranking 5th in scoring defense but opponents are shooting 45.8% from the field.
The Denver Nuggets are fresh off an absolute throttling of their division rival the Portland Trail Blazers. Their reward? Just a cool road back to back against another division rival. For the second time in two weeks the Nuggets will face one of the top teams in the NBA in their building less than twenty-four hours after finishing a game the previous night. This time that team is none other than Denver’s chief competition for the division title: the Utah Jazz…and they’re looking for revenge. On top of that, the Nuggets found time to trade three players in between Denver and Salt Lake making tonight’s game a very peculiar one.
Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert are without a doubt two of the four best centers in the league and that showed in their last matchup. Jokic went for twenty-eight points to go with ten assists and three steals while Gobert dropped twenty-one points to with eleven rebounds and three blocks. Round two should be every bit as good. For the Nuggets and Jokic, they’ll have to figure out how to slow down the pick and roll. Gobert had a ton of success against them as the roller last week.
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz News
Missing players Nuggets: Paul Millsap (Knee) and Mason Plumlee (Foot) are out. Michael Porter Jr.(Ankle) is questionable.
Missing players Jazz: No reports of injuries.
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz Odds
Spread: -9 Jazz
Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz Predictions
The Nuggets come in with a 23-24-3 record ATS on the season but have covered the spread in four of their last six contests. Utah is 24-23-2 ATS on the season but their road trip struggles hurt their record ATS as they have failed to cover the spread in their last four games. Final score prediction, the Jazz get back on the right track with a win and cover at home over the Nuggets.