A Western Conference game is set for Saturday night when the Denver Nuggets (52-28, 19-21 away) visit the Utah Jazz (36-44, 22-18 home). Denver is going to be the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs and are hoping to finally go on a long run. Utah has been eliminated from playoff contention and will hope to land a good spot in the NBA Draft. Below is my NBA pick for the Nuggets vs Jazz.

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz Betting Pick

The Pick: Denver Nuggets +6.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

Why Bet the Denver Nuggets:

✅ Denver has been good against the spread lately, covering six of their last nine games.

✅ The Jazz are tanking, and the results have been following that as they have lost nine of their last 10 games overall.

✅ Utah has lost five straight games on their home floor.

Will the Denver Nuggets Play Any Starters?

Denver earned the top seed in the NBA Playoffs this season, but they are not playing like the best team in the Western Conference. The Nuggets have lost four of their last five games played, including a poor loss to the Houston Rockets. Coming off a tight loss to Phoenix, where the Nuggets did not play any rotation players, Denver will be looking for a win Saturday night.

Nikola Jokic is one of the three guys in the tight MVP race, and he leads the Nuggets with 24.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 9.8 rebounds per game.

The Utah Jazz are Ready for Cancun

Utah started the season hot but have been tanking for most of 2023 and enter this Saturday night game having lost four straight games. It was a brutal four game stretch that started with a road loss to Boston and ended with a home thrashing by Oklahoma City. It could be just as ugly in this one if Denver takes it seriously.

Lauri Markkanen is having an all-NBA type season as he leads the Jazz with 25.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Jordan Clarkson has dished out a team high 4.4 assists per game.