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NBA Saturday Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

NBA basketball on Saturday night and we will see Utah Jazz travel to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Nuggets. The game has a start time of 9:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised locally. Vegas odds have the Nuggets listed as 9.5 point favorites, while the total sits at 213.5.

Stat Packs: The Utah Jazz have had a very rough year, as they come in with a 24-55 mark overall, which includes an 8-31 mark on the road. The Jazz are one of the weakest offensive teams in the league, as they have averaged just 94.4 ppg (29th) on 44.2% shooting overall (24th) and 34.8% from long range (25th), plus they have hit just 74.5% from the charity stripe, which is 22nd in the league. 6 players average in double figures for the Jazz, led by Gordon Heyward (16.0 ppg) and Alec Burks (14.0 ppg). Derrick Favors is 3rd on the team in scoring at 13.1 ppg, while leading them in rebounding (8.7 rpg). Defensively this team has struggled, as they rank 16th in the league in points allowed (101.6 ppg) and they are dead last in the league in defensive FG%, allowing teams to hit 47.3% of their shots.    

The Denver Nuggets come into this game at 35-44 and are well out of the playoff picture. They have played well at home, going 21-18 on this floor, but they have lost their lone home game to the Jazz this year. The Nuggets come in ranked 9th in the league in scoring (104.3 ppg) and 17th in the league in shooting (44.8%). They do struggle at the FT line, hitting just 72.0% of their freebies to rank 27th in the league. Ty Lawson (17.6 ppg) and Wilson Chandler (14.0 ppg) lead the team in scoring but both are doubtful for this game. That leaves Kenneth Faried as the leading scorer on the team at 13.5 ppg. Actively the Nuggests have 8 players average at least 7 ppg, with 5 of those players averaging in double figures. Defensively this is not a good team as they have allowed 106.4 ppg (28th) on 45.6% shooting (16th). 

Pick: I will go with the Over here. The Nuggets love to run and gun and they play no defense at all. Both teams should score plenty here as this one sails over the posted total. 


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