NBA Picks: Nuggets vs. Jazz

Steven Suarez

Monday, November 11, 2013 3:40 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 3:40 PM GMT

With a combined one win on the season, Utah and Denver meet up on the hard-court tonight. What's our preferred NBA play for this matchup?

Odds Overview

The Jazz are three-point underdogs on their home floor. They're 0-7 SU and 1-5-1 ATS on the year, with the visiting Nuggets at 1-4 SU and 1-4 ATS.

More interested in placing your NBA picks on the game's total? The O/U is either at 196 or 196.5 depending on the sportsbook. The OVER is 3-2 in Denver's five games so far and 3-4 in those featuring Utah.

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Denver Nuggets

Those of you who took a crack at the UNDER on Denver's season total wins (46.5/47) are already sitting pretty. It's been a tough adjustment for the Nuggets so far.

After losing their GM, head coach and significant rotation pieces like Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer, Denver has had a hard time piecing together the new parts.

There's still a lot of talent on the roster, but Brian Shaw is going to need time to install his new philosophy and there's likely to be a lot more losses on the horizon. In short, it's probably going to get worse before it gets any better.

The Nuggets have been off since Friday's 114-103 road loss to Phoenix. Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Jordan Hamilton, Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee started, with Anthony Randolph, Darrell Arthur, J.J. Hickson, and Andre Miller getting significant minutes off the bench.

Lawson finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while Hamilton had 19 points and nine rebounds. Randolph contributed 14 points, seven boards and two steals in the losing effort.

Utah Jazz

Expectations weren't exactly sky high for a Jazz team that parted ways with the likes of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but the fact Utah has still yet to win a single game this season is definitely a big concern.

The Jazz have been trotting out one of the youngest rotations you will find in the NBA.

Jamaal Tinsley is starting at the point while Trey Burke recovers from injury, with Gordon Hayward soaking up all the minutes he can handle at the two. Richard Jefferson is the starting small forward for now, while the talented duo of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are in the front-court.

This past Saturday, Utah lost by 24 points in Toronto, not even coming close to covering the NBA betting odds as nine-point underdogs. Hayward stepped up and logged 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Kanter, Favors, and sixth man Alec Burks also scored in the double figures.

It's just been a disastrous start for Tyrone Corbin. His team is ranked dead last in offensive efficiency and third-from-bottom in defensive efficiency. It doesn't get much worse than that.

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NBA Pick

Denver won both meetings straight up and against the spread last season but, as we've talked about, both teams are a lot different this time around.

When it comes down to it, we think the Jazz are worthy of a small play tonight. They've been highly competitive in their two home games against good competition (Oklahoma City and Houston) and the rest of their losses have all been on the road.

It's going to take time for Denver to adjust to new coach Brian Shaw and his half-court approach and we look for Utah to take advantage and get their first win of the year.

NBA Pick: Utah Jazz +3

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