Utah Jazz
3-1 (1-1 V)
-3
61%
+3
39%
Denver Nuggets
1-3 (1-1 H)
Tue, Aug 25 - 6:30p ET   |   NBA TV   |   HP Field House
By Landon Smith

Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets NBA Playoffs Match Preview Odds, Prediction

Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NBA Game on Tuesday August 25th, 2020.
Utah JazzNBADenver Nuggets
-3.0Spread+3.0
Over 221.0TotalUnder 221.0
713#GM714
61%Consensus39%

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Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NBA Game on Tuesday August 25th, 2020.

 

Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz

24 PTS, 4.4 REB, 4.3 AST

Mitchell scored 51 points (15-27 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 17-18 FT), to go with seven assists and four rebounds across 38 minutes in Sunday's 129-127 win over the Nuggets in Game 4 of the series.

Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

19.9 PTS, 97 REB, 7 AST

Jokic had 29 points (12-24 FG, 3-10 3PT, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and six assists in Sunday's Game 4 loss to Utah. Jokic never quite found his stroke from three, but he converted 9-of-14 attempts from two-point range, while contributing his usual production as a passer and rebounder.

 

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The Utah Jazz couldn't beat the Denver Nuggets in the regular season, but they don't have much of a problem with that in the playoffs. The No. 6 seed in the Western Conference Jazz is set to advance against Northwest Division rivals and No. 3 Denver when the teams meet for Game 5 of their first-round series. Tuesday near Orlando.

After losing the first game in overtime, Utah won the last three games to take a 3-1 lead in the series. The Jazz won Games 2 and 3 by 19 and 37, respectively, but Game 4 on Sunday was closed. Utah goalkeeper Donovan Mitchell scored a record 51 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, enough to pass Nuggets goalkeeper Jamal Murray with 50 points.

It was the first time in playoff history that two rival players scored 50 or more points in the same game, but it was Mitchell who was the one to celebrate as Murray and his teammates were on the brink of elimination. Denver swept the regular season series 3-0 over Utah, including a bubble victory.

But this series could end if Denver doesn't figure out how to stop Mitchell. The third-year goalkeeper scored a career-high 57 points in overtime loss in Game 1 and an average of 39.5 points in the series. He had the help of center Rudy Gobert, who averages 19.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in the series.

After Friday's 124-87 loss, Nuggets coach Michael Malone juggled his starting lineup, inserting guard Monte Morris and forward Jerami Grant and knocking Michael Porter Jr. and Paul Millsap off the bench. Denver was still struggling defensively; the Jazz hit 14 of 29 to 3 points and shot 57.5% in total. Utah shoots 51.3% overall and 43.3% behind the series arc.

The defense could be helped if the Nuggets' top perimeter defender, guard Gary Harris, could play in the bubble for the first time. Harris suffered a right hip injury and it was a game-time decision Sunday before being sent off.

The biggest adjustment for Denver in Game 4 was energy. The Nuggets looked listless in Game 3, but showed intensity in the playoffs Sunday. The offense has been rekindled, but that might not be enough to avoid elimination in the first round a year after scoring a victory in the Western Conference final.

Malone and his players were diplomatic when asked about the free throw discrepancy; Utah was 36-13 on lineup attempts in Game 4.

Denver received its usual strong game from center Nikola Jokic (25.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the series), but an inconsistency from the rest of the list. The Nuggets need to find the magic quickly or their bubble will burst Tuesday.

The Pick: Utah Jazz to Win @ -3.0

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By Landon Smith, on 6:30p ET