Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets - 8/25/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Utah Jazz (47-29) at Denver Nuggets (47-30)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3 -- Over/Under: 221 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets collide in a pivotal Game 5 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
The Utah Jazz have all the momentum and they will be looking to book their ticket to the second round after taking down the Nuggets in a 129-127 win on Sunday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 51 points and seven assists, Mike Conley added 26 points and four assists, Jordan Clarkson provided the spark off the bench with 24 points while Rudy Gobert chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Jazz shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and 14 of 29 from the 3-point line as they led by as many as 11 points at the start of the fourth quarter, before enduring a late rally from the Nuggets behind clutch shooting from Mitchell who scored 16 of his 51 points in the final 4:02.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets will be rueing their missed opportunities after falling just short to the Jazz in a crucial Game 4 on Sunday. Jamal Murray drained nine 3-pointers to lead the way with 50 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Nikola Jokic racked up 29 points with seven rebounds and six assists while Paul Millsap chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 49 percent from the field and 17 of 44 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 36 points in the first quarter, before finding themselves in a shootout as Murray and Mitchell went back and forth late in the game. Jerami Grant had a quiet game of just 12 points while Monte Morris finished with just seven points on three of 10 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 4-16-2 ATS in their last 22 games as a favorite, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600. The Nuggets are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS win.
Head to head, the under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings overall, the Jazz are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver and the Jazz are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Jazz will be growing in confidence after taking the important win in Game 4 behind another big performance from their young stud, Mitchell. The Nuggets will be kicking themselves after failing painfully short in their biggest game of the season. I’m tempted to go with the Jazz to finish off the series with another win, but I think the Nuggets showed plenty of fight with Murray coming to life in the last game, so I’m taking the Nuggets to keep their season alive with an upset here.