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Wednesday NBA Betting Preview

Utah can drive the final nail in the Nuggets’ coffin tonight when they square off in Denver with the Jazz up 3-1 in the series.

It didn’t look like this series was going to go this way after Denver rolled to a victory in Game 1. After three straight wins by the Jazz, Denver has its back against the wall and needs to put together its own three-game winning streak to survive.

In Game 4 on Sunday night the Jazz smoked the Nuggets 117-106 as a 2.5-point favorite. Carlos Boozer had his best game of the series so far for the Jazz with 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Deron Williams was a rock for Utah again with 24 points and 13 assists.

Utah got production from an unexpected source once again, as C.J. Miles scored 21 points. That’s more than double the 10 points he put up in Game 3.

While the Jazz were in perfect harmony in Game 4 the Nuggets were off-key. Carmelo Anthony had a solid game with 39 points and 11 rebounds, but the rest of the Nuggets’ starters came out flat. Chauncey Billups scored 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting and Kenyon Martin also poured in a lame 14 points. J.R. Smith had a poor shooting night off the bench with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

With the series heading back to Denver for Game 5 the Nuggets are a 7-point favorite tonight at Bovada. Utah was a 6-point underdog when they played Game 2 in Denver and won 126-133. That victory snapped the Jazz’s five-game losing streak in Denver. View Matchup

Also on the schedule tonight is Game 5 between Milwaukee and Atlanta.

The Hawks were in complete control of this series early on after taking the first two games at home. That all changed when the series shifted to Milwaukee, as the Bucks struck back with two wins to knot the series at 2-2.

In Game 4 the Bucks dumped the Hawks 111-104 as a 2-point home underdog. Brandon Jennings finally found his shot again after struggling in Game 2 and 3 and led Milwaukee with 23 points. John Salmons netted 22 points, and Carlos Delfino had 22 points as well - in the first three games of the series Delfino scored a combined 18 points. As a team the Bucks shot 55% in Game 4 and if they can keep it up they could upset the Hawks.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 29 points and nine assists in Game 4. Jamal Crawford added 21 points and Josh Smith has 20 points and nine rebounds. That accounted for 70 of the Hawks’ 104 points, as the rest of the team netted only 34 points on 14-of-35 shooting.

The home team has won every game in the series so far and that bodes well for the Hawks with Game 5 being played in Atlanta. That’s one of the big reasons Atlanta is a 9-point favorite tonight. Also worth noting is that the Hawks have won eight in a row at home versus Milwaukee while going 6-2 ATS.