Utah Jazz (1-2) vs. Denver Nuggets (3-0)
Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets will square off in an intriguing early-season match-up at Ball Arena this coming Monday, both teams looking to rebound from an uncertain start to their seasons, respectively at 1-2 and 3-0 respectively. Fans and bettors alike eagerly anticipate this clash; pro basketball free picks often rely heavily on recent performance; this matchup will serve as an interesting test case.
Utah Jazz have made impressive strides despite an underwhelming start, averaging 112.7 points per game while scoring 44.2% of their field goals and 34.9% from beyond the arc; their free throw conversion rate stands at an outstanding 82%; they also boast impressive rebounding numbers, averaging 48 boards each game with both offensive and defensive rebounding efforts in balance.
On the other hand, Denver Nuggets have been spectacular. Averaging 113.5 points across their two games against Utah Jazz, they outshone them in field goal efficiency with 49.7%; their three-point conversion rate at 39.4% showcases their offensive firepower while free throw percentage remained at 70%; however their defense had an outstanding showing with 10 steals and 7.5 blocks annually – undoubtedly contributing to their unbeaten streak.
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets 10/30/23 Game Info
|When:||Monday, October 30, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Lauri Markkanen (PF) vs. Nikola Jokic (C)
Lauri Markkanen, the key power forward for the Jazz, has been exceptional this season. Over his three games he’s averaged 24.3 points while pulling down 8.3 rebounds at an impressive rate. Additionally, his defensive game — which boasts 6 defensive rebounds per match along with 1 steal each – demonstrates his contributions at both ends. However, his turnover rate of 1.7 could pose some difficulty.
Nikola Jokic of Denver is once again showing why he belongs among the NBA elite. Averaging 25.5 points while contributing 12.5 rebounds and 9 assists per game – his versatility being evident with 12.5 rebounds per game and 9 assists per game as well. Unfortunately though, these impressive stats come at the cost of an alarming 5.5 turnovers per game; therefore his impact in the paint, particularly against Markkanen will be key in this matchup.
Markkanen and Jokic always produce exciting matches on the court, and when they square off against each other it promises to be an epic battleground. Both players possessing the potential to dominate games could prove decisive; their direct match up may determine who emerges victorious; each will put forth his/her strengths/weaknesses against one another in direct combat within the paint, possibly shifting momentum in favor of either team.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Denver Nuggets -270, Total Odds: 230.5
Bookmakers consider the Denver Nuggets clear favorites to win their matchup against the Utah Jazz, with odds set at -270. Bookmakers believe their undefeated streak and home form give them an advantage against them, and total odds of 230.5 indicate an offensively charged contest in which both teams could display their offensive firepower; it appears from these odds that although one team may be expected to score more points overall than another; thus creating an entertaining, close contest.
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Jazz are currently enjoying mixed betting trends. While they have an impressive 14-6 ATS record in their last 20 games and 9-1 in their last 10 road contests, their recent performances against Denver Nuggets (seven-2 against both counts in 9 meetings) bode well for them.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
Denver appears to be a safer pick based on recent performance; they are 7-3 ATS over their past 10 games and boasting an impressive 6-0 SU record in their past six. Although Denver’s history against Utah may have been mixed, their home record of 13-1 seems promising.
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets 10/30/23 Betting Picks
While recent form has favored the Nuggets, especially at home, their recent head-to-head dominance cannot be discounted. Both teams possess enough offensive prowess for this contest to become an explosive high scoring affair that may push it over 230.5 total points.
Overall, the Nuggets appear the safer pick given their home form; however, taking the Jazz with points might provide value. For those seeking top premium picks, backing over seems wise given both teams’ offensive prowess.
Free Pick and Prediction: Denver Nuggets 115, Utah Jazz 111..