The Denver Nuggets continue to roll along as the hottest team in the NBA. They dismantled the New York Knicks on Wednesday night as an appetizer for Friday’s meeting with the best team in the NBA, the Utah Jazz.
Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets with our Nuggets vs. Jazz betting pick, complete with the best odds, prop predictions, and analysis.
Nuggets vs. Jazz Betting Prediction
As the season winds down, it’s becoming clear that Nikola Jokic is the obvious MVP. He’s likely going to win the award in a landslide, and for good reason. He dropped 32 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in under 30 minutes on Wednesday. Those types of performances have become routine for the Serbian big man.
Meanwhile, the Jazz have been a top team out West from start to finish this season. Rudy Gobert is the runaway favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year. The Jokic vs. Gobert matchup is going to be a battle between two of the top three centers in the NBA.
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Nuggets vs. Jazz Odds
Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado:
- Spread: Nuggets +4 (-109) // Jazz -4 (-112)
- Moneyline: Nuggets +145 // Jazz -177
- Total: O 217 (-108) // U 217 (-113)
Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win
Nikola Jokic Triple-Double (+350)
Again, Gobert is the odds-on favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year, but he has struggled to contain Jokic in their previous meetings. He dropped 47 and 35 points in his first two meetings with Gobert this year. He also came dangerously close to notching a triple-double in both of those games.
We expect Joker to have another big night and we love his odds to record a triple-double. He already has 15 in 66 games this year. Jokic should be ready to play big minutes on Friday as the Nuggets try to jockey for playoff positioning.
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Bets We Like With A Jazz Win
Bojan Bogdanovic Top Points Scorer (+300)
Donovan Mitchell is still out with a right ankle sprain, but that hasn’t slowed down Utah much. The Jazz are 6-4 since his injury and Bojan Bogdanovic is a big reason why. He has scored 22 or more points in his last five games and Utah is 4-1 during that stretch.
With Mitchell out of the lineup, we expect Bogdanovic to be the go-to guy for the Jazz. If he is the top points scorer in this game, Utah will take care of business.
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Nuggets vs. Jazz Pick
It’s rare to see the Nuggets come in as an underdog. This will be just the 14th time all year that the Nuggets are the underdog and just the ninth time it has happened on the road. As great as the Jazz have been this year, it’s tough to see them beating Denver on Friday. Without Donovan Mitchell, they could have a tough time scoring enough. Take the Nuggets with the points.
Pick: Nuggets +4