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Looking for Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Nuggets taking on the Jazz on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Nuggets Jazz matchup.
(0-0) Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz (0-0)
Date: Wednesday October 18
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz -130 | Nuggets +110
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -2
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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Wednesday, October 18 ushers in the 2017-18 regular season for the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. Both squads begin the year having undergone roster shuffles.
The Nuggets added free agent Paul Millsap while the Jazz lost two starting-rotation pieces with Gordon Hayward and George Hill exiting.
Last season, the squads split their four meetings with each winning the games they hosted. The Jazz hold the all-time record having bested the Nuggets 110 of their 187 matches.
In fact Denver’s two wins last season were the only victories the Nuggets recorded in the team’s last nine meetings..
The young Nuggets completed a truncated preseason with a 3-2 record registering wins against the Golden State Warriors and back to back victories over the Los Angeles Lakers.
This was followed up with 2 consecutive losses to anticipated home court West seeds the Spurs and Thunder.
The new look front court of Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic.will lead a roster 3-deep at every position.
That said, there is uncertainty surrounding the point guard role. Specifically, who starts among vet Jameer Nelson underachieving third year guard Emmanuel Mudiay or upstart sophomore Jamal Murray.
With Jokic assuming much of the primary ball handling to captain the Nuggets lethal offense this may not be the squad’s most pressing issue. Rather, finding a balance on both sides of the court will take precedence.
Denver posted the second best offense post All-Star break (112.6 per 100 possessions), but ranked just ahead of the Lakers defensively on the season (110.5).
How the group navigates finding balance will determine whether they make a return to the postseason after a four year absence.
Utah posted a perfect preseason record of 5-0 averaging 112 points per game facing inferior competition – the Kings, Suns (2), Lakers, & Maccabi.
Still, confidence can be a powerful intangible, no matter how fleeting.
Utah needs every offensive advantage they can muster, and with good reason,
In an offseason of drastic star player movement, arguably no team suffered more than the Utah Jazz. All-Star Gordon Hayward headed for Boston in free agency and veteran point guard, leader George Hill also excited.
The loss of these two players represented 38.8 points of Utah’s 100.7 total.
In contrast to their opponent, the Jazz boast stellar defense, but filling the scoring void of Hayward and Hill could prove daunting.
Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood are likely candidates, but each experienced ongoing injury woes last season. Rookie Donovan Mitchell has provided a spark and Rudy Gobert is intent on a return to the postseason.
Quin Snyder and his staff are among the very best at improving players overall production, so Ricky Rubio will no doubt worked with them to improve his efficiency from range.
Still, it’s the overall offense which will determine where the Jazz finish this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Denver Nuggets finished 40-42 SU last season
- The Utah Jazz finished 51-31 SU last season
- Utah and Denver finished 2-2 Head-To-Head last season
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Both squads are experienced with the home court edge each holds due to high altitude. Still, it’s odd neither has capitalized on the other’s court.
On paper the Nuggets offer more talent and depth, but Utah’s home court advantage and opening night crowd enthusiasm should carry the day.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -2
Therefore, look for Utah to win this contest 103-96.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 103 – Denver 96
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