Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Denver Nuggets came out victorious in their Game 1 overtime affair against the Utah Jazz.
- Donovan’s 57-point Game 1 performance was the third-highest single playoff game scoring total all-time.
- The Jazz were outscored in overtime, 20 to 10.
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Utah Jazz||+4 -110||O 217.5 -112||+155|
|Denver Nuggets||-4 -110||U 217.5 -108||-182|
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Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Predictions and Picks
The Utah Jazz wasted Donovan Mitchell’s massive Game 1 effort. Frankly speaking, they don’t look to have the firepower to match the Nuggets. We also can’t reasonably expect Donovan Mitchell to go off for 50-plus again.
Denver Nuggets def. Utah Jazz -182
Denver -4 -110
Over 217.5 -112
How to Watch Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets
|Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|What||Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, August 19th, 2020; 4:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets
|Utah Jazz||Head-to-Head||Denver Nuggets|
|Quin Snyder||Head Coach||Mike Malone|
|44-28 (6th in West, 10th Overall)||Standing||46-27 (3rd in West, 6th Overall)|
|112.3 (10th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.1 (5th of 30)|
|109.9 (24th of 30)||Def Rtg||111.0 (16th of 30)|
|98.6 (24th of 30)||Pace||97.1 (29th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Mitchell (57.0)||PPG||J. Murray (36.0)|
|T-Mitchell, Bradley (9.0)||RPG||N. Jokic (10.0)|
|D. Mitchell (7.0)||APG||J. Murray (9.0)|
|R. Gobert (2.0)||SPG||P. Millsap (3.0)|
|R. Gobert (4.0)||BPG||T-Grant, Plumlee, Porter Jr, Morris, Jokic, Millsap (1.0)|
|R. Gobert (.727)/D. Mitchell (19.0)||FG%/FGM||M. Plumlee (1.00)/J. Murray (13.0)|
|J. Ingles (.417)/D. Mitchell (6.0)||3P%/3PM||T-Murray, Morris (.667)/J. Murray (6.0)|
Utah Must Attack the Offensive Glass
Utah’s size in the paint with Rudy Gobert is a real advantage for them. Between he and Tony Bradley coming off of the bench, Utah was able to collect eight of their 16 offensive rebounds on the game.
It’s not that the Nuggets are small in comparison, but the energy and length of the Jazz frontcourt is difficult to handle. Utah collected 32.7% of available offensive rebounds, eventually doubling the Nuggets’ total with eight.
Already missing key scorer Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah’s work on the glass will help them keep the point total close.
Denver Have the Advantage off the Bench
Denver has always been known as a deep team. Head coach Mike Malone trusts his bench on the court, and it showed in Game 1.
Denver’s bench accounted for 38 of the team’s points, in comparison to the 26 from Utah’s reserves. Jerami Grant was once again aggressive off of the bench for Denver, scoring 19 points, but not collecting a single rebound.
Scoring off the bench is great, but the defensive intensity brought on by Grant, Morris, Dozier, and Plumlee ensures the Nuggets never fall too far. If they can continue their play, it’s tough to pick against Denver in this series.
Jazz Key Player: (G) Jordan Clarkson
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) August 17, 2020
With Mike Conley out of the line-up in the first game, all eyes looked toward Philippine international Jordan Clarkson to fill the gap.
Clarkson was solid in Game 1, offering 18 points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench for the Jazz. A pure scorer, Clarkson was always going to put up numbers, however if there’s anywhere he can improve it is from three.
Clarkson’s shooting from three certainly left room for improvement. He was just two of nine from the field, shooting just 22.2%. He may feel additional pressure to fill what’s missing with Conley and Bogdanovic out, but he must be efficient in doing so.
Nuggets Key Player: (F) Paul Millsap
😤 Paul Millsap (14 PTS) with AUTHORITY! #MileHighBasketball
— NBA (@NBA) November 10, 2019
Paul Millsap is on the court for his shooting and defensive awareness. He’s excellent switching out on guards and bigs alike, while his shooting is more than respectable.
Millsap’s offensive game didn’t come together in Game 1 for the Nuggets though. The veteran forward shot a paltry 3-10 from the field and converted on just a single three-pointer and free throw.
If Millsap can contribute more, it’ll be a simpler night for the Nuggets. It’s difficult to expect much of rookie Michael Porter Jr. in the playoffs, so Millsap will have to be their steadying force.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.