Nuggets vs Jazz Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/5/2020
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -1
Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets (34-16, 1st in the Northwest Division) head to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Utah Jazz (32-17, 2nd in the Northwest Division). The odds on this game have Utah as 1 point favorites. The total opens at 224.
The Nuggets cover the spread 47.8% of the time, having gone 22-24-4 ATS. Utah covers the spread 52.1% of the time, going 25-23-1 against the spread.
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
02/03/20 SG Jamal Murray Ankle is upgraded to questionable Tuesday vs Portland
02/03/20 F Michael Porter Jr. Ankle is downgraded to out Tuesday vs Portland
01/22/20 PF Mason Plumlee Foot is out 2-4 weeks
01/22/20 PF Paul Millsap Knee is out indefinitely
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
No key injuries to report
Nikola Jokic comes into this contest averaging 20.2 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 10.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 80%. Will Barton averages 15.1 points per game in 33.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.8 assists per contest and 6.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 76%.
Donovan Mitchell averages 24.6 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 87%. Rudy Gobert averages 15.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 14.5 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 69% and his free throw percentage is 61%.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver averages 109.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 44.9 rebounds per game and 26.3 assists per game, which ranks them 18th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 13.4 per game. The Nuggets allow 106.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 16th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.4 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 24.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 16th in the league with 111.1 points per game this year. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 4.1. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They are 15th in the league in rebounding with 45.3 boards per game, and 26th in assists per contest with 22.1. The Jazz are 13th in turnovers per game with 14.9. The Jazz surrender 107.0 points per contest, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 10th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 20.8 assists allowed per contest and 4th with 43.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 2nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.4 per game.
The Nuggets are 12th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.7, and their defensive rating of 108.3 is ranked 10th. In terms of pace they are 29th in the league with 97.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 21st. As a team they are 21st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 27th in the league. Denver is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league.
Utah is 9th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA. The Jazz are 9th in the league in defensive rating with 108, and their offensive rating of 112.1 is ranked 8th. They are 19th in the NBA in pace with 98.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 2nd. As a unit they are 3rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 11th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Utah -1
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