Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz - 8/21/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz - 8/21/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (47-28) at Utah Jazz (45-29)

NBA Basketball: Friday, August 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz +1.5 -- Over/Under: 220 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz do battle in Game 3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.

The Denver Nuggets will be hoping to take control of the series after falling short to the Jazz in a 124-105 loss in Game 2. Nikola Jokic led the team with 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting while Jamal Murray chipped in with 14 points and four assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 45 percent from the field and 13 of 27 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by 13 points going into halftime, before getting blown out in the third quarter where they trailed by as many as 31 points.

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Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz will be feeling pretty good about themselves after bouncing back from their overtime loss in Game 1 with their impressive win on Wednesday. Donovan Mitchell led the way once again as he poured in 30 points and eight assists on 10 of 14 shooting, Jordan Clarkson provided 26 points off the bench, Rudy Gobert scored19 points while Joe Ingles chipped in with 18 points and six assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 51 percent from the field and a sizzling 20 of 44 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half, before exploding for 43 points in the third quarter to put the game to bed early. Mike Conley sat out his second game and his status for Friday is uncertain.

Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games and 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 games following a loss. The Jazz are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings overall, the Nuggets are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Utah and the Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

It is still unclear if Conley will be available for Game 3, but that shouldn’t worry the Jazz who will be full of confidence after getting the massive win on Wednesday. The Nuggets must be getting worried as they still haven’t found a way to contain Mitchell who has scorched them in both games this series and it’s going to be tough without a healthy backcourt. The Jazz are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog and I’m happy to ride the hot hand of Mitchell.

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