Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 10/19/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest-Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-5)
The Utah Jazz welcome the Denver Nuggets at Vivint Arena on Wednesday. Denver is 5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 221.
The Nuggets faced off with the Warriors and ended up losing by a score of 102-98 in their last game of the 2021-22 season. Denver wrapped up the game with a 44.4% FG percentage (36 of 81) and knocked down 6 of their 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Nuggets buried 20 of 29 shots for a percentage of 69.0%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 50 with 14 of them being offensive. They also doled out 26 dimes in this game as well as creating 9 turnovers and getting 5 steals. In regard to defending, Denver let their opponent shoot 45.1% from the floor on 37 out of 82 shooting. Golden State distributed 28 assists and had 10 steals for the game. On top of that, Golden State grabbed 37 boards (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Golden State ended up going 71.4% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 21 tries. They knocked down 13 of 31 shots from beyond the perimeter. In relation to fouls, the Nuggets walked away with 21 and the Warriors accounted for 22 fouls.
Nikola Jokic is someone who came through for the game. Jokic finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor and also distributed 8 assists. He played for 32 minutes and grabbed 19 rebounds. He racked up 30 points on 12 of 18 shooting.
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Denver will enter this game after finishing with a win-loss mark of 48-34 last season. They lost possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest and as a unit committed 20.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a basketball team, Denver grabbed 44.1 rebounds per contest and accounted for 2,279 assists last season, which was 3rd in the NBA in terms of passing. The Nuggets connected on 35.3% on shots from distance (1,039 of 2,944) and 79.5% from the free throw line. They averaged 112.7 pts per game (10th in basketball) while shooting 48.3% from the field.
On defense, the Nuggets forced their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.9 fouls. They conceded 34.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they ranked 14th in basketball in opponents PPG (110.4). The Nuggets defensively gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (3,367 of 7,168) and they relinquished 42.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They were 22nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 2,082 conceded throughout last season.
For their last game of last season, the Jazz took a loss by a score of 98-96 when they faced the Mavericks. Concerning how they rebounded, Utah allowed Dallas to collect 37 in all (3 on the offensive glass). They shot 39.5% from distance by connecting on 17 of 43 and finished the contest at 9 out of 11 from the free throw line (81.8%). The Jazz permitted the Mavericks to make 36 of their 80 attempts from the floor which had them at 45.0% in this game. Overall, the Jazz ended up shooting 36 out of 84 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.9%. With regard to three-point attempts, Utah knocked down 9 out of their 35 tries (25.7%). They were able to bury 15 of them for a rate of 75.0%. The Mavericks earned 19 fouls in the matchup which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for a total of 20 shots. They also coughed it up 11 times, while getting 5 steals for the game. The Jazz were able to collect 37 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 48 for the game.
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz in the game. He made 9 of 17 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and added 8 rebounds. Mitchell scored 23 points in his 39 minutes on the court and earned 9 dimes for this contest.
Utah had a mark of 49-33 last year. The Jazz committed 18.9 fouls per contest and they connected on 76.7% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 22.4 times per contest (27th in basketball) and they turned it over 14.0 times per game. Utah accumulated 9,316 pts last season (113.6 per contest) and they collected 46.3 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Jazz connected on 47.1% from the field, which ranked them 6th in the NBA.
The Utah defense conceded 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc (994 of 2,837) and their opponents converted on 75.8% of their free throw attempts. They relinquished 23.4 assists and 41.6 rebounds every game, which ranked them 5th and 1st in basketball. The Jazz on the defensive end were ranked 10th in the NBA in PPG given up with 107.6. They were able to force 12.0 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver (-5)
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