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In this high caliber Western duel between two squads tied in the 3rd place of the conference, the Denver Nuggets (32-15), are hosting the Utah Jazz (32-15), with both teams looking to bounce back after defeats that ended their previous winning streaks.
Date/Time: 01-30-2020, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -1.5
Denver Nuggets have a 32-15 record (20-23-4 against the spread) and are tied with the Jazz in the third place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Grizzlies with a 96-104 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 19.8 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 10.1 and in assists made with 6.5 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 17.6 ppg, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
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Utah Jazz also have a 32-15 record (25-21-1 against the spread) and are tied with the Nuggets in the third place of the West. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Rockets with a 117-126 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 25 ppg, adding 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 21.2 ppg and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Jazz won all three meetings against the Nuggets last season, winning the only road game with a 104-111 score. Nuggets are 18-6 at home, while the Jazz are 14-11 on the road. Jazz are better offensively, scoring 111.4 ppg to Nuggets’ 109.2, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 106 ppg to Jazz’s 106.7. Jazz have better percentages both in field goals (47.4% to 45.9%) and in 3-pointers (38.4% to 34.7%). On the other hand, Nuggets are better both in assists made (26.2 to 22.2) and in turnovers committed (13.5 to 15), while Jazz are better in rebounding (45.7 to 44.8). Bookmakers give the Nuggets a -1.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a Jazz team that are on their second leg of a back-to-back set.
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Pick: Denver Nuggets -1.5 (-109)
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