Utah Jazz v. Denver Nuggets Over/Under Betting Preview
Two of the West’s best tangle in Denver on Thursday night when the Utah Jazz (32-14) visit division rivals Denver Nuggets (32-15).
The Over/Under line is currently sitting at 215.5, and after breaking down this matchup, we are taking the Under.
Look for a low scoring, slower pace game due to the following variables.
Denver is far from explosive when playing at home
Despite going 18-6 at home so far this season, the Nuggets are not scoring big numbers when playing in Denver.
The Nuggets average just 109.21 points per game scored at home, ranking 20th in the NBA.
This is a Nuggets team who are still looking for multiple consist threats on the offensive end.
So far, not one Nugget is averaging more than 20 points per game, with star big man Nikola Jokic coming the closest with 19.8 points per game.
Don’t expect Denver to outperform their usual scoring output, especially considering the opposition at hand.
Utah’s elite road defense is in full effect
Utah is slowly gaining a reputation as one of the Western Conference’s best teams this season, and one huge reason for this is the stifling defense that the Jazz play.
Utah comes into Thursday night’s matchup as the sixth best road defense in the league, giving up just 108.21 points per game away from home.
This influential defense will be ideal for a low scoring matchup against Denver, as most of this game is expected to take place in the halfcourt.
Look for the scoring woes to continue for the Nuggets, who have struggled to put up big numbers in recent outings.
We expect the Jazz retain their top form to take this one 109-101, making the Under our best bet.
These are two teams who would prefer to play a slower pace, where Utah will be able to separate themselves with efficient halfcourt offense along with elite defense.