Date/Time: 04-09-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -1.5
Two of the top-5 squads of the West are clashing tonight, when the Denver Nuggets, are hosting the Utah Jazz. Both teams saw their previous winning streaks end and want to return to the winning ways and compete for a better playoff placement.
Nuggets are 53-27 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they saw a 7-game victory streak end with a road defeat by Portland, 108-115. Jazz are 49-31 so far in the league and are sitting in the fifth place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they saw a 7-game victory streak end with a road defeat by the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-113.
Top Basketball BookmakersDenver are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 20.2 ppg. He also leads the team both in rebounding with 10.8 and in assists made with 7.4 per game, while Jamal Murray follows with 18.2 ppg, adding 4.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Gary Harris adds 12.9 ppg. Utah are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.5 ppg. He also adds 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while Rudy Gobert follows with 15.8 ppg and leading the team in rebounding with 12.9 per game. Ricky Rubio adds 12.7 ppg and leads the team in assists made with 6.1 per game.
Utah lead Denver 2-1 wins so far this season and they have been victorious on the previous game in Utah by 6 points. Utah are 28-12 at home, while Denver are 20-20 on the road. Utah have both a better offense with 111.3 ppg to Denver’s 110.8 ppg and a better defense, allowing 106 ppg to Denver’s 106.7. Both squads have similar accuracy from the field (46.8% to 46.6%), while Utah have a better accuracy from behind the arc (35.5% to 35.1%). Denver are better all across the board, including assists per game (27.5 to 26), rebounding (46.5 to 46.2) and fewer turnovers (12.9 to 14.7). Utah are very strong at home and pick them for the win against a mediocre on the road Denver team.
Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -1.5 (-105)