NBA basketball betting respect is also high for long time Utah coach Jerry Sloan as his Jazz remain a consistent NBA sports betting playoff contender despite a summer roster overhaul.
The Denver Nuggets will host the Utah Jazz on Friday night with a telecast on ESPN set to start at 10:30 PM ET. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for side and total odds action on this key Northwest Division rivalry matchup.
Utah had a record of 28-19 straight up and 21-25-1 with the NBA lines. The Jazz were 10-12-1 against the spread on the road and went over the total in 15 of those 23 away games. Utah has been in bad form as of late with just 2 payouts in 9 games from January 12 through January 28.
Guard Deron Williams has been bothered with a wrist injury that has had him questionable for action in recent days. Williams has been Utah’s leading scorer with 21.9 points per game. Utah’s defense has been slipping badly to rank 18th in the NBA.
Denver had a record of 28-18 straight up and 20-23-3- with the NBA betting odds. The Nuggets have gone 11-12-2 against the spread at home and went under the total in just 10 of those 25 home games. Denver has been playing excellent ball as of late and has been a good board value with 8 payouts in 10 games from January 11 through January 28.
Denver was the highest scoring team in the NBA with an average of almost 108 points per game but their defense was giving much of that back with 104 points per game allowed to rank 23rd in the NBA. The ongoing saga of Carmelo Anthony’s status with the team did not stop him from averaging a team best 23.9 points per game.
Utah has paid out in just 4 of their last 15 matchups with Denver and has dropped 2 of the last 3 meetings between the teams. This series has gone over the total in 7 of the last 9 matchups. Denver scored a 110-88 home payout over Utah on October 28 in the only previous NBA basketball betting matchup of the season in this series.