NBA Betting Pick of the Week: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets

There are a number of terrific NBA games on the calendar for this week, but one game on Thursday night really stands out. The Denver Nuggets are hosting the Utah Jazz in a battle for first place in the Northwest Division. Rivalry games are definitely exciting, but this game is also our NBA Betting Pick of the Week.

Utah actually enters the week in first place in the Northwest Division, but they have the slimmest of margins over the Denver Nuggets. The Jazz have won four straight games, and they enter the week with an overall record of 32-13. Denver has gone just 3-2 in their last five games, but they are still having another great year. The Nuggets begin the week with a record 32-14 and trail the Jazz by just one-half game.

Jokic Powering Nuggets Offense

The Denver Nuggets have really struggled to find offense at times this season, but center Nikola Jokic has led the way. Jokic is leading the team with close to 20 points and seven assists per game, and he has the ability to take over. The Nuggets have tried to surround their superstar with a ton of great shooting threats, but Denver has struggled to consistently make shots this season. Denver is usually a better offensive team at home, and that will need to be the case in this game.

The Nuggets have always been a team that likes to slow things down, and they are going to have to play that way in this game. Denver is scoring just 109.5 points per game, but they are allowing just 105 points per night. The Nuggets have one of the best set of fans in the league, and they play great in front of them.

Jazz Defense Has Been Tremendous

If we are going to talk about defense then we can't ignore how great the Jazz have been on that end of the floor as well. Utah is allowing just 105.8 points per game this season, and center Rudy Gobert has been leading the way. The Jazz center is the ultimate rim protector, but Utah has shut down some terrific guards of late.

Guard Donovan Mitchell has proven to be one of the best scorers in the NBA, and he can carry this team on offense. Mitchell is averaging close to 25 points per game, and he will need to shoot it well in this one. The Jazz have struggled to score points at times, but their defense should show up and keep them in this game.

Nuggets Beat Division Rival at Home

This has turned into one of the best rivalries in the NBA, and there is a great chance that these teams will meet up again in the NBA Playoffs. Both teams have their sights set on winning the Northwest Division, and this game will go a long way toward getting that done. Utah has been playing great basketball of late, but they have struggled to win games on the road. Denver struggles to score, but their defense has been great at home.

Bet on the Denver Nuggets to beat the Utah Jazz in the NBA Betting Pick of the Week.