- The Denver Nuggets defeated the Utah Jazz 128-113 on Sunday night at the Pepsi Center.
- Denver ended Utah’s 11-game winning streak which was the longest in the league this season.
- Nikola Jokic scored 47 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Nuggets.
The Utah Jazz’s 11-game winning streak is over and it took a gargantuan effort from one of the NBA’s top big men to topple Utah’s tear.
Nikola Jokic scored 47 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a convincing 128-113 win at the Pepsi Center on Sunday. Jokic shot 17-26 from the field including 4-4 from behind the three-point area and 9-10 from the foul line to pace the Nuggets. Denver opened the game with a strong 43-29 first quarter and never looked back.
Jokic’s Big First Half
Nikola Jokic has 33 points at halftime against the Jazz.
It’s the most 1st-half points by a @nuggets player since Allen Iverson also had 33 in the 1st half against the Lakers on December 5, 2007. pic.twitter.com/jkE6oyvP4z
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 31, 2021
Jokic roared out of the gates for the Nuggets, scoring 22 points in the first quarter and finishing with 33 at the end of the first half. His 33 first half points were his most ever in the in the first half of any game in the NBA this season and it was also the highest scoring first half by a Nuggets player since Allen Iverson scored 33 on December 5, 2007.
Aside from scoring 47 points, Jokic also grabbed a dozen rebounds for his 20th straight double-double to start the season, the second longest such streak since the NBA/ABA merger. Only Bill Walton’s 34 consecutive double-doubles to start the 1976-77 season was longer.
Utah ranks 3rd in the league in scoring defense this season and entering Sunday, only two players had scored at least 33 points against the Jazz in any game this season. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jokic, in the teams’ first meeting last January 17th both scored 35 against the Jazz.
#NBA Championship odds pic.twitter.com/EL2rFWldwh
— 5Dimes (@5DimesSB) January 29, 2021
With the win, the Nuggets improved to 12-8 on the season and avenged their 109-105 loss to the Jazz last month. They are 2nd in the in the Northwest Division, behind, well the Jazz who are off to a 15-5 start. Denver also currently has the 4th best record in the West behind the Clippers, Jazz, and Lakers.
The best NBA betting sites have listed the Nuggets among the Top 8 contenders to win the NBA title this season. Depending on which betting site you use, Denver is ranked 7th or 8th in the latest odds boards. At online sportsbook 5Dimes, the Nuggets are 8th at +2000. Bovada meanwhile, has Denver tied for 8th with Dallas but at +2200 while the Nuggets are 7th at +2000 at Barstool Sports.
Five of Denver’s next seven games will be at the Pepsi Center. They will however face the Lakers twice during this period and the Bucks once. Next up for the Nuggets are 5-15 Pistons at the Pepsi Center on Monday. SportsBetting.ag has Denver as 9.5 betting favorites to beat the Pistons and win their 7th game in their last eight outings.