Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets - 1/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Denver Nuggets (11-8) vs Utah Jazz (15-4)
Game Info: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Ball Arena)
Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -1 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz invade the Ball Arena to do battle with the Denver Nuggets on Sunday afternoon.
The Utah Jazz have been on an absolute tear lately as they’ve won 15 of their first 10 19 games and they will be gunning for a 12th straight victory after making light work of the Mavericks in a 120-101 home win on Friday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 32 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Mike Conley added 22 points with nine assists, Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points off the bench while Rudy Gobert chipped in with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. As a team, the Jazz shot 43 percent from the field and 20 of 48 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the tipoff and never looked in danger after outscoring the Mavericks by 37-12 in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in good form themselves as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games, but they will be looking to bounce back here after having their five-game win streak halted by the Spurs in a 119-109 road loss on Friday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Jamal Murray added 20 points with seven assists on nine of 14 shooting while Monte Morris chipped in with 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Nuggets shot 52 percent from the field and 14 of 31 from the 3-point line as they recovered from a slow start to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but there was no coming back after the Spurs took the game away with a 16-5 run late.
Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600, 7-1 ATS in their last eight Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the under is 22-10 in the last 32 meetings overall, the Jazz are 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Denver and the Jazz are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Jazz are the hottest team in the league right now as they are riding an 11-game win streak coming into this one and what’s more impressive is that 10 of those wins were by double-digits. The Nuggets were on a streak of their own before getting stopped by the Spurs on Friday, so they will be keen to get back in the win column here. Donovan Mitchell is currently listed as questionable after suffering a concussion, so Joe Ingles will likely take his spot in the starting lineup. This should be a close one, but the Jazz represent decent value as the underdogs here and that’s where I’m leaning.