Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (+1)
The Denver Nuggets (11-8) host the Utah Jazz (15-4) at Ball Arena on Sunday. The line on this contest has Denver as 1-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 223.
The Utah Jazz faced the Dallas Mavericks and went home with a win by a final score of 120-101 in their last contest. Utah walked away from the contest having earned a 43.7% FG percentage (38 out of 87) and converted 20 of their 48 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Jazz converted 24 of 26 shots for a rate of 92.3%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 56 with 17 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 21 assists in the matchup while earning 8 steals and 5 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 43.0% from the floor on 37 out of 86 shooting. Dallas totaled 20 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, the Mavericks had 40 rebounds (8 offensive, 32 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Dallas finished 66.7% from the free throw line by burying 18 of 27 attempts. They made 9 out of their 33 tries from beyond the arc.
Bojan Bogdanović is one guy who was a major factor for the contest. He ended up finishing with 32 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32:06 minutes played and also snagged 2 boards. Bogdanović finished the game shooting 62.5% from the field and also earned 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Jazz was Mike Conley. He grabbed 3 boards and had 9 assists. He finished the contest at 41.2% from the floor for the game by hitting 7-of-17 (22 points). When this game wrapped up, Conley saw the court for 32:33 minutes.
Utah will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 15-4 so far this season. They currently have an average of 113.4 points per outing (10th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.2% from the field. The Jazz are shooting 39.8% on 3-pointers (319 of 802) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Utah is grabbing 50.0 boards per game and has accounted for 446 dimes this season, which is 18th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.7 times per game and as a group are committing 18.5 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Jazz are forcing 11.5 turnovers every game and they draw 18.9 fouls. They are currently ranked 6th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 425 surrendered for the season. The Jazz defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.1% (218 of 359) and they relinquish 41.9 boards per contest as a team. They give up 34.5% on three-point shots and they are ranked 3rd in the league in points per game allowed (105.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Denver Nuggets took a loss by a final score of 119-109 when they faced the San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets earned 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for the game. They turned away 5 shots while earning 8 steals for the game. The Spurs earned 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 65.0%. With regard to shots from distance, Denver converted 14 out of their 31 tries (45.2%). When all was said and done, the Nuggets finished the game shooting 41 out of 78 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.6%. The Nuggets permitted the Spurs to knock down 44 out of their 81 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.3% for this game. They finished the game shooting 43.5% from distance by shooting 10 of 23 and ended up going 21 of 26 at the free throw line (80.8%). Concerning how they rebounded, Denver allowed San Antonio to snag 41 overall (9 offensive).
Nikola Jokić was important for the Nuggets in the matchup. He knocked down 14 of 24 for this game for a field goal rate of 58.3%, which gave him 35 points. Jokić snagged 10 rebounds in his 38:43 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who came through for Denver was Jamal Murray. He was able to score 20 points in 35:13 minutes on the court by way of 9 of 14 from the floor in the matchup. Murray walked away from this one going 64.3% from the field in addition to totaling 7 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 11-8 for the campaign. Denver has accounted for 2,204 points so far this year (116.0 per game) and they snag 45.4 rebounds per game. The Nuggets are committing 19.8 fouls every game and they shoot 76.4% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.0% from the floor, which ranks them 4th in the league. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 27.1 times per contest (3rd in the league) and they cough up possession 14.6 times per game. The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 18th in the league in PPG allowed with 111.4. The Denver defense gives up 37.2% on 3-point shots (251 of 675) and their opponents are making 76.1% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 26.6 assists and 41.0 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 28th and 1st in the league. They are able to force 15.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.4% from the field (24th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (+1)
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