Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz Picks Spread and Trends to Watch - 10/26/2021

by James Q

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz Picks Spread and Trends to Watch - 10/26/2021

Game Time: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 
Venue:  Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Where to Watch: TNT

Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Spread:  Utah -7.5:  O/U: 218.5
BetMGM:  Spread:  Utah -7:  O/U: 218.5

Season Record

Nuggets: 2-0
Jazz: 2-0

An absolute battle of Western Conference Northwest Division undefeated teams… or Western Conference invisible teams.  You get the feeling that NBA fans don’t care that the Mountain people and the Mormons have NBA teams, but they do.  These two teams are in unexciting cities that are hard to get to and most people wouldn't vacation there.  If you haven’t noticed they both have great NBA players and NBA teams.  And they play each other.

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Lakers vs Spurs Preview and Analysis. 

The Denver Nuggets attacked the season with two easy wins.  They beat the Phoenix Suns 110-98 and the San Antonio Spurs 102-96. NBA predictions have the Denver Nuggets with a good chance to make the Western Conference Finals, but still not the favorites to win the West or the whole enchilada.  Den has the current NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and hot shot point guard Jamal Murray… If Murray had not gotten hurt last season we might be more familiar with them both.  Murray will be on the Injured list a while longer before he sees court time.  That alone will tilt the NBA odds in the Jazz’s favor. 

The Utah Jazz also got off to 2 quick wins.  They beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-86 and the Sacramento Kings 110-101.  Both are teams the Jazz should have beaten or be embarrassed… and they beat them. This team was also due to do damage in last year’s postseason, but had injuries that held them back.  

Offensive Analysis

The Denver Nuggets are tied for 4th in offensive efficiency. They have an offensive rating of 103.9 with a 1.27 assist-to turnover ratio (24th in league).  They are a great shooting team that has to be more careful with the ball.  The big problem is waiting for PG Jamal Murray to return from injury and they may be waiting awhile.

The Utah Jazz are tied for 4th in offensive efficiency.  The Utah Jazz have a 109 offensive rating with a lousy 1.17 assist-to turnover ratio.  They also are a great shooting team that must be more careful with the ball.  The Jazz are loaded with strong guards. Jordan Clarkson comes off the bench for 16.5 ppg.. So they have five guys averaging double figures in points.

Denver Nuggets vs the Utah Jazz Spurs Prediction 

Our prediction for Tuesday, October 26th is… Jazz 121 - Nuggets 115

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NCAAF Betting Trends

Denver is 8-5 ATS against Utah over the last 3 seasons.
Utah is 0-6 when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 3 seasons.

Injury Report:
Denver: SF Vlatko Cancar (hip) Out ** SG Jamal Murray (knee) Out indefinitely
Utah: SF Rudy Gay (heel) Out indefinitely

Starting Lineups

Nuggets: PG Monte Morris, SG Will Barton, SF Michael Porter Jr, PF Aaron Gordon, C Nikola Jokic

Jazz: PG Mike Conley, SG Donovan Mitchell, SF Bojan Bogdanovic, PF Royce O’neale, C Rudy Gobert


Statistical Leaders 

Points: Nikola Jokic 29.5
Rebounds: Nikola Jokic 14.5
Assists: Will Barton 5.5
Steals: Nikola Jokic 2.5
Blocks: F. Campazzo 0.5

Points: Donovan Mitchell 21.5
Rebounds: Rudy Gobert 20.5
Assists: Donovan Mitchell 4
Steals: 2.5
Blocks Hassan Whiteside 1.5



Nuggets:  Michael Malone.  This 50 year old has coached the Denver Nuggets since 2015 and thanks his lucky stars he hadn’t stayed with his former team the Sacramento Kings! He is a solid guy whose leadership is given credit for the occasional Nuggets spread and/or moneyline.

Jazz:  Quin Snyder.  Quin has been with the Jazz since 2014 and has ushered them to higher highs year over year as the roster has churned and changed…. He has a dominating record against the Milwaukee Bucks… wait everybody does.


James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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