Get ready for a Northwest Division battle as the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets will face off at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Vivint Arena. Utah is 2-0, while Denver is 2-1. In an era where superteams seem to dominate the landscape these are two of the most well-rounded rosters in basketball. The two franchises met three times last season with the Jazz winning two of those matchups and covering twice as well.
Both teams won at least one playoff series last season and are among the favorites in the Western Conference this season. For this game, Utah is favored by seven points in the latest Jazz vs. Nuggets odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 218.5. Before entering any Nuggets vs. Jazz picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Jazz vs. Nuggets spread: Jazz -7
- Jazz vs. Nuggets over-under: 218.5 points
What you need to know about the Jazz
The Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 110-101 this past Friday. Among those leading the charge for Utah was center Rudy Gobert, who dropped a double-double on 20 rebounds and 17 points. Gobert is coming off his third NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and he's averaging 16.5 points and a staggering 20.5 rebounds per game in his first two contests.
Donovan Mitchell overcame a poor overall shooting night from the field (9-for-25) by hitting 6-of-14 from the 3-point line in the win over the Kings and finished with 27 points on the night. As a team, Utah went 16-for-42 from beyond the arc and the Jazz also have the best 3-point defense in the league, allowing opponents to shoot just 21.1 percent from deep.
What you need to know about the Nuggets
Meanwhile, Denver lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers at home by a decisive 99-87 margin. A silver lining for Denver was the play of center Nikola Jokic, who posted a double-double on 24 points and 19 boards. It was a disappointing loss to a team that many expect to be near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but Denver did win in Phoenix to start the season and also beat the Spurs on Friday.
Needing to carry a heavy load while Jamal Murray continues to recover from a torn ACL, Jokic is averaging 27.7 points, 16.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game so far this season. The Jokic vs. Gobert battle on the interior will likely be a crucial one for both sides and Jokic averaged 35.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game against Utah last season.
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