Northwest Division rivals will meet in the Beehive State in NBA betting action on Friday night, when the Utah Jazz meet the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets have to really be happy with the way that their newly assembled teams looks. Wilson Chandler has immediately come back into the starting lineup and started to contribute offensively, and having Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup as well is really every bit as good as having Nene in there. All of these deals really worked out well for Denver, and we do expect this team to be able to contend in the Western Conference with this roster. That being said, the team isn’t in the best form right now with just a 2-7 ATS record in its last nine games. Denver has alternated wins and losses in nine in a row, though this is the first time that the team is going to be on the road since March 4th at the San Antonio Spurs. Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo are both coming off of big time games. They shot a combined 18-of-24 from the field and had 48 points between them in the win over the Detroit Pistons. Danilo Gallinari is out of the fold for the next three weeks or so with a thumb injury.
The Jazz really could have made their team look a heck of a lot different at the deadline, but in the end, they held firm. Josh Howard is out for the season, while both Raja Bell and Earl Watson are nursing injuries that might keep them out of the fold in this one as well. Still, Utah is in fine form right now, winning five in a row. This all started with a very close win in overtime over the Minnesota Timberwolves, and since that point, the squad really has been on fire. The Jazz don’t have a team with the talent of some of the best teams in the West, but they have gone on the road and beaten the Los Angeles Lakers as 11 point underdogs and have knocked off the top team in the conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder at home in this stretch. Still, it’s hard to see this team keeping this up for the rest of the season, and it is going to have its work cut out for it over the course of these next four games. From here, the Jazz have to go to the East Coast and take on some of the real contenders for the NBA title in the East as well.
The Final Word: We know that it is easy to say that Utah is in better form than the Nuggets are, thus it should be laying two points at home. We just aren’t all that sure, though. Even without Gallinari in the lineup, Denver clearly has the superior team in our eyes, and we think that it is going to be parlayed into success on the road again for a team that is 36-16 ATS in its last 52 games away from Pepsi Arena.
Denver Nuggets @ Utah Jazz Pick: Denver Nuggets +2
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