Jazz & Nuggets in NBA Betting on TNT

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

NBA betting odds favor Denver on Monday as they host the Utah Jazz in game two of their playoff series.

This matchup between the fourth and fifth seeds in the Western Conference figures to be competitive.  Both teams have explosive offenses so this could be a high scoring game in basketball betting on Monday.

NBA betting in the playoffs is normally all about the home teams. The Jazz though were a good road team this season. They covered the spread on the road a lot more than in past seasons.  They are capable of not only covering the spread but winning this game outright on Monday.  Before this series began the Jazz were 5-2 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog.  They were 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games. And on the road Utah was 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 road games.  Utah’s problem in this series though is that they are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver.

Denver is usually pretty good at home although this season their record against the NBA betting line wasn’t that great.  Before this series began they were 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.  The problem for Denver during the regular season is that they were just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite.

Utah scores a lot of points but in four of their last five road games during the regular season they went under the total. Against the Northwest Division though, they went over in 20 of their last 27 games. Denver went under a lot more than you might think as well as six of their last eight games at home as a favorite went under in basketball betting.  Before this series began though, six of the last seven games between the teams in Denver went over.

Utah was 23-17-1 this season on the road vs. the point spread. The Jazz were the fourth highest scoring team in the league.  Their defense was just 12th though and that could be a problem against a potent Denver offense.  The Nuggets were third in the league in points per game this season. Their defense was just 20th though so they could struggle containing the Jazz.  Even though the trends pointed to low scoring games, the statistics for both teams point to a high scoring series.

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