It was a day of upsets in the NBA on Saturday. Only one favorite ended up with the cover, and there five outright wins by underdogs. According to VSiN senior reporter Dave Tuley, underdogs have the edge this season overall at 148-130-2 ATS, which isn’t surprising considering the trouble the market has had with valuing home-court advantage this season.
Short slate today, but it starts early! Let us neither dilly, nor dally and get started.
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Utah Jazz (PK, 219.5) at Denver Nuggets
Can anything stop the Jazz? After a sweep of a two-game series at home against Dallas the Jazz improved their winning streak to 11-0 SU/ATS, the team is now 13-2 SU/ATS in January. Even without Donovan Mitchell, who missed the series with Dallas due to a concussion, Utah ripped Dallas for 1.210 points per possession while posting a + 14.3 net rating. It was absolute domination from the Jazz despite their best player wearing street clothes.
That has largely been how this winning streak has gone. Over this 11-game run, Utah has the best net rating in the league (+ 15.2) while placing second in both offensive (119.1) and defensive (103.8) efficiency. Ten of their 11 victories have come by double-digits with an average margin of victory of 15.6 points per game! The team’s lone single-digit victory over this run has been against the Nuggets (109-105, Jan. 17).