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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Every day The Denver Gazette sports staff will publish its best bets:

1. Nuggets (-8) against Jazz: Denver opens the season with a rebuilding Utah team. A healthy Nuggets squad should win easy. 

2. Colorado State (-5) over Hawaii: Rams are favored and look for their first home win.

3. Justin Thomas (16-1) to win CJ Cup: He is not the favorite but JT is always a good bet in my mind. 

-Odds from SuperBook Colorado

(Chris Schmaedeke's Best Bets record ATS: 8-10)