Nuggets vs Jazz Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 8 (Injury-Riddled Lineups Fail to Impress)

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/David Zalubowski

The Denver Nuggets (52-28) and Utah Jazz (36-44) are set to collide in a relatively meaningless NBA game on Saturday, April 8. The Nuggets have already locked up the Western Conference's top spot while the Jazz are eliminated from playoff contention.

Nuggets vs Jazz Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
  • Time: 3:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Vivint Arena -- Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Coverage: AT&T SportsNet-RM, Altitude

The Nuggets look to gain some momentum ahead of the postseason following a 119-115 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Jazz were embarrassed in their latest outing, falling 114-98 to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week.

Can the Nuggets get the job done on the road? Or will the Jazz stand tall for the Salt Lake City Crowd?

Nuggets vs Jazz Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: DEN: (-240) | UTA: (+198)
  • Spread: DEN: -6 (-110) | UTA: +6 (-110)
  • Total: 225.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Nuggets enter this contest as clear road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 225.5 points with -110 odds on both sides.

Nuggets vs Jazz Betting Trends

  • Denver is 2-6 straight up in its last eight games against Utah.
  • Utah is 1-8 straight up in its last nine games.
  • Denver is 6-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
  • Utah is 0-7 ATS in its last seven games against the Northwest Division.
  • The total has hit the under in 10 of Denver's last 11 games.
  • The total has hit the under in five of Utah's last six games against Denver.

Nuggets vs Jazz Prediction & Pick

It's interesting to see who wins this game considering how both teams will be shorthanded. According to ESPN, the Nuggets have five players who are questionable for today, including Nikola Jokic (calf), Jamal Murray (thumb) and Michael Porter Jr. (heel). Meanwhile, the Jazz have already ruled out seven of their players — four of which are in the top five when it comes to team scoring.

While neither team has been playing well lately, I see the Nuggets winning this afternoon. There's still a chance that some of their better players could play, especially with the team looking to get momentum before the playoffs. Meanwhile, the only thing the Jazz are playing for is better draft pick positioning, so I don't expect them to give much of an effort.

In a game with little stakes, I see the Nuggets having more incentive to win. Still, don't expect much of a quality effort from either side.

Final Score Prediction: Nuggets: 112 | Jazz: 105

Nuggets vs Jazz Best Bet

With several key players already ruled out or likely limited in this game, I see taking the under on the 225.5-point total as the best bet. On top of the injuries, the Nuggets are operating on a 104.2 PPG clip over their previous five games while the Jazz were held to 98 in their latest outing.

Furthermore, the under is 10-1 in Denver's last 11 games, as well as 5-1 in Utah's last six April contests. Considering how all three of the previous Nuggets-Jazz matchups this season fell short of 225.5 points, I don't see that trend changing today.

Bet: Under 225.5 Points (-110)

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