Total: 218.50 | -110.00 Under
The injuries certainly haven’t slowed Denver’s shooting the L2 games as they made over 53% of their FG attempts. Still, 52.4% shooting and 115 pts wasn’t enough to defeat Portland Thursday, the game where four starters sat. For the third time since the restart, the Nuggets gave up at least 125 points. All four of their games have gone Over. But the hot shooting of the L2 games is unlikely to continue here while the defense almost assuredly will improve.
Helping the defensive numbers improve will be a Utah team that’s without second-leading scorer Bogdonavich (20.2 PPG) as well as several other key players. The team shot just 41.8% from the floor in yesterday’s 119-111 loss to San Antonio. Just how many of their injured players return Saturday remains to be seen. But the Jazz are certainly challenged offensively right now as they failed to top 108 pts in any of the first three games. (The win over Memphis was an outlier). Both previous meetings between the teams this year stayed well Under the total. In fact, the Under is 21-5 the L26 meetings. 10* Under Jazz/Nuggets