Friday, December 18, 2015
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The Denver Nuggets travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Friday, December 18, 2015. The opening line for this game has Utah as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 196.5.
The Nuggets come into this game with an overall record of 11-14 and a road record of 6-7. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4.5 as they are averaging 98.1 points per game while giving up 102.6 per contest. The Jazz have an overall record of 10-14 and a home record of 5-6. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 97 points per game and surrendering 97.7, good for a point differential of -0.8.
Danilo Gallinari comes into this contest averaging 17.5 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Nuggets. He pulls down 6.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is currently at 89%. Kenneth Faried averages 12.4 points per game in 26.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 9 rebounds per game for Denver. His field goal percentage is 57% for the year while his free throw percentage is 53%.
Alec Burks averages 14.8 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage currently is at 77%. Gordon Hayward averages 18.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.9 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Denver averages 98.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.5 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 53.4 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game which ranks them 9th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 15.6 per game. The Nuggets allow 102.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 22nd and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.1 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 23.4 assists per contest which puts them in 24th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the league.
Utah averages 97 points per game this year which ranks them 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 51.4 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per contest which ranks them 24th and 28th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz rank 13th with 14.7 per game. The Jazz allow 97.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 19th and 24th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 48.5 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 18.4 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the NBA.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 12-12-1 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 13-11-1 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 13-10-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 9-15-0 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Injuries
12/17/15 PG Emmanuel Mudiay Ankle "?" Friday vs. Utah
11/12/15 F Wilson Chandler Hip out for season
10/28/15 C Jusuf Nurkic Knee out indefinitely
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/17/15 G Rodney Hood Knee injured last game, probable Friday vs. Denver
12/02/15 C Rudy Gobert Knee out indefinitely
10/23/15 G Dante Exum Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Utah
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