Tip-off: 0335, 31/01/2020
Stadium: Pepsi Center
TV: Sky Sports
Utah Jazz travel to the injury-hampered Denver Nuggets as these teams face off for the first time this season at the Pepsi Center.
Both teams are locked on 32-15 in their battle for top spot in the Northwest division, with the winner also set to move up to third place in the Western Conference.
Each side comes into the clash on the back of a road-trip defeat, so home form could be the decisive factor ahead of this crucial contest.
We fancy Denver to edge out their visitors in regular time at a price of 87/100 for our first Nuggets vs Jazz prediction.
A Look At Denver Nuggets’ Betting Odds
Denver have the fourth-best home record in the Western Conference, with 18 wins from 24 games at the Pepsi Center, despite key rotation men being absent due to injury.
Paul Millsap (knee), Jamal Murray (ankle) and Mason Plumlee (foot) are all sidelined, but that has not stopped the Nuggets from being dominant in Denver.
They have won seven of their last 10 matches at this venue and boast the second-best defence in the Western Conference over the course of the season.
Denver average only 108.8 points at home this campaign, though, and in addition to Utah’s third-best defence in the West, this comes into our thinking for the second betting selection.
In their last 10 head-to-head match-ups in Denver, only the most recent clash between the two sides produced over 200 total match points (215).
The average over that period is 192.6, so recent history points towards a low-scoring affair and we are going with under 207.5 points at 17/10 from the Nuggets vs Jazz odds.
A Look At Utah Jazz’s Betting Odds
Utah have been in fine form this month, going 11-3 with a huge upturn on their travels after winning seven of their last 10 on the road.
That improved their away record to 14-11, despite losing two of the last three, with Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic pouring in the points.
Bogdanovic hit seven three-pointers in the defeat at San Antonio Spurs last time out and will be a threat for the hosts.
The Croatian small forward has scored on average 22 points in his last five away clashes, while 23-year-old shooting guard Mitchell has hit a purple patch of 31.3 in his last four matches on the road.
With this in mind, we believe 3/4 for the latter to score over 22.5 points in the game – something he has done in seven of his last eight matches – is a great price for the final selection of our Nuggets vs Jazz betting tips.
Memphis 104-96 DENVER
San Antonio 127-120 UTAH
Head-to-head: Utah 118-108 Denver, Denver 104-111 Utah, Utah 114-108 Denver, Denver 103-88 Utah
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