Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Pick – NBA January 17

The NBA is set up with a solid day of basketball on January 17. Six games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have been solid to open up the new season, which should lead to a good game on Sunday. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

The Jazz have opened up this season with a record of 8-4, which has them sitting in third place of the Western Conference. Utah is coming into this game on a four game winning streak. The Jazz will look to keep that going with a win on Sunday night as well. Utah has been strong in their last few games and will look to put away the Nuggets, who have dominated them as of late.

Denver has posted a record of 6-6 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them in seventh place of the Western Conference. The Nuggets are coming off a win and have won five of their last seven after a 1-4 start. Denver will look to keep moving up the standings with a big win on Sunday night. I expect the Nuggets to come out hot in this one as they look for a win.

These two teams have been solid throughout the early portion of this season, which has them sitting in the Western Conference playoff picture. Both teams have had recent success coming into this game as well. The Jazz are coming in really hot into this game. Utah will look to put away their struggles with the Nuggets as they look for a win in this one.

Previous Matchups

The Jazz and the Nuggets met up three times throughout last season. The first game was in Denver on January 30. Jordan Clarkson scored 37 points off the bench, while Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was not enough though. Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points and 10 assists. Will Barton added 18 points as the Nuggets earned a 106-100 win.

Utah hosted the second game of the season series on February 5. Mike Conley scored 21 points, while Donovan Mitchell added 18 points. Jamal Murray finished with 31 points on the night. Nikola Jokic added 30 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists. Monte Morris finished with 15 points to help lead the Nuggets to a 98-95 win.

The final game of the season series was in the qualifiers on August 8. Donovan Mitchell finished with 35 points, while Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 13 rebounds. It still was not enough for the Jazz. Nikola Jokic put up 30 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray both had 23 points and 10+ rebounds. Denver was able to finish with a 134-132 win.

Utah and Denver met up in the first round of the playoffs as well. The Nuggets were able to earn the win in Game 1, but the Jazz rattled off three straight wins to take a 3-1 series lead. Denver pulled off a shocking upset though as they won three straight games of their own to win the series 4-3. Utah will look to get some revenge with a win in this one.

Field Goal Shooting

The Jazz have been around middle of the league shooting from the field this season. Utah has been able to make around 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 16th in the NBA. The Jazz have also made 39.6 percent of their shots from deep, which is 4th in the league. Utah is shooting 51 percent inside the arc, which is 19th in the NBA.

Denver has been one of the best teams shooting from the field throughout this season. The Nuggets have shot 49.1 percent from the field, which is the best in the league. Denver has made 37.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 10th in the NBA. The Nuggets are shooting 56.4 percent from in close, which is 3rd in the league.

These two teams have been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. Utah has been much better on the defensive end though. The Jazz have held opposing teams to a 43.9 percent field goal percentage, which is 2nd in the NBA. Denver will look to break through on this defense. If Utah can slow down the Nuggets offense though, it should give them a good edge.

Top Performers

Donovan Mitchell has helped lead this Jazz team throughout this season. Mitchell has averaged 23.5 points and 5 assists per game. Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson are both averaging 17 points per game. Bojan Bogdanovic has averaged 13 points per game, while Rudy Gobert is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Nikola Jokic has been the leader for Denver so far this season. Jokic is averaging 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game. Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are both averaging 19.5 points per game. Will Barton has averaged 12 points per game. JaMychal Green and Monte Morris are both averaging around 11.5 points per game, while Paul Millsap has averaged 10.5 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their leaders early in the season. Porter Jr. could return after being out for the last week due to COVID-19. Jokic has put up a strong resume for MVP early in this season. The Jazz could see more scoring from Gobert in this one if they want to earn a win. The Nuggets will look to use their depth scoring to their advantage.

Pick Overview

These two teams will look to earn a big win on Sunday night. Denver has had the Jazz’s number as of late. The Nuggets eliminated Utah from the playoffs, after sweeping them in the regular season series. I think that the Jazz will come out much faster in this one as they look for revenge over Denver. I think that with Utah’s defense they have a good chance to pull off the upset.

BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Denver in this one. I think that this line about right. I think that as an underdog, Utah has a lot of value. I expect the Jazz to come out strong in this matchup as they look for revenge. I really like Utah to earn the win in this one, making them my pick of the night.

Utah Jazz -1.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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