Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/8/2020
Game: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Location: The Arena in Orlando, Florida
The Arena is the site where Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets (45-24, 1st in the Northwest Division) will take on the Utah Jazz (43-25, 2nd in the Northwest Division) on Saturday. The Jazz are covering the spread 48.5% of the time, having gone 32-34-2 ATS. Denver is covering 47.7% of the time, going 31-34-4 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
08/07/20 PG Nigel Williams-Goss Ankle is out Friday vs San Antonio
08/07/20 SF Joe Ingles Foot is probable Friday vs San Antonio
08/06/20 SF Royce O'Neale Calf is out Friday vs San Antonio
08/06/20 SG Donovan Mitchell Leg is out Friday vs San Antonio
08/06/20 PG Mike Conley Knee is out Friday vs San Antonio
08/06/20 C Rudy Gobert Rest is out Friday vs San Antonio
06/28/20 SF Bojan Bogdanovic Wrist is out for season
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
08/06/20 SF Troy Daniels Hip is questionable Saturday vs Utah
08/06/20 SG Gary Harris Hip is questionable Saturday vs Utah
08/06/20 PF Paul Millsap Rest is questionable Saturday vs Utah
08/06/20 SG Jamal Murray Hamstring is questionable Saturday vs Utah
08/06/20 SG Will Barton Knee is questionable Saturday vs Utah
08/06/20 SF Vlatko Cancar Foot is questionable Saturday vs Utah
Rudy Gobert comes into this game averaging 15.1 points per contest while playing 34.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 13.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.5 assists per game. His FG percentage is 70% while his free throw percentage is 63%. Joe Ingles averages 9.9 points per contest in 30.1 minutes per game. He averages 5.1 assists per game and 3.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Nikola Jokic scores 20.2 points per contest while playing 32.3 minutes per game. He hauls in 10.0 rebounds per contest and has 7.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Michael Porter Jr. averages 8.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 15.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.6 rebounds per game and has 0.8 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 110.9 points per contest, which is 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.8 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 5th. From 3-point territory they shoot 38%, which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 44.9 boards per contest and 22.1 assists per game, which ranks them 13th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 10th with 15.1 per game. The Jazz allow 108.1 points per contest, which is 9th in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 12th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 21.2 assists per game which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 12.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver is 18th in the NBA with 110.9 points per contest this season. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.55. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 15th in the league. They are 20th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.2 boards per contest and 4th in assists per game with 26.6. The Nuggets are 23rd in turnovers per contest with 13.8. The Nuggets give up 108.3 points per game, which ranks them 10th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 14th and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.1 dimes allowed per game and 4th with 42.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Nuggets are 14th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per contest this year.
The Jazz are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.2, and their defensive rating of 109.4 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 21st in the league with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 3rd. As a team they are 2nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 8th in the league. Utah is 5th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 23rd in the league.
Denver is 23rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 15th in the NBA. The Nuggets are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 110.3, and their offensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 15th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 27th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Nuggets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Denver
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