Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz - 8/30/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Denver Nuggets (48-30) at Utah Jazz (47-30)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -2.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets meet Sunday in game six of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Utah Jazz have another chance to close out this series and advance to the next playoff round. The Utah Jazz are averaging 121.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 47 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 37.6 points and 5.6 assists while Mike Conley is averaging 23.3 points and 4.3 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 10.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 43.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.
The Denver Nuggets need a victory to save their season and force a game seven on Tuesday. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 114.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 121.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 30.8 points and 6.8 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jerami Grant is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 44 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite, 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games as a favorite and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The over is 19-6-1 in Nuggets last 26 overall. The over is 9-2 in Jazz last 11 overall. The Nuggets are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Utah and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
While neither team has played much defense in this series and the games felt like they could have gone either way, the extra time off may have hurt the Nuggets. For the first time since game one, it felt like the Nuggets had some momentum in this series and were cooking. The extra days off allows the Jazz to kind of clear their heads and regroup for a chance to close this thing out. It's also hard for me to side with the Nuggets in this series given that they've shown zero ability to even slowdown the Jazz offensively. While the Jazz have issues of their own, there's a big difference in allowing 47 percent from the field and 51.3 percent.
I'll lay the bucket with the Jazz.