Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz Game 3 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The series is tied 1-1.
- After scoring 36 in Game 1, Murray disappointed with a 14-point night in Game 2.
- Utah looked unstoppable in Game 2, shooting 51.7% from the field and 45.5% from three.
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Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Denver Nuggets||-1.5 -110||O 218.5 -112||-120|
|Utah Jazz||+1.5 -109||U 218.5 -109||+102|
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Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Predictions and Picks
The Jazz took advantage of an incredible scoring night in Game 2, scoring 20 three-point field goals on the game. That level of shooting is unsustainable, but if their defence can hold Utah should be able to take Game 3.
Utah Jazz def. Denver Nuggets +102
Utah +1.5 -109
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||Friday, August 21st, 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 (43.5)||PPG||N. Jokic (28.5)|
|T. Bradley (8.0)||RPG||N. Jokic (10.5)|
|D. Mitchell (7.5)||APG||J. Murray (6.5)|
|T-Mitchell, Oni, O’Neale, Gobert (1.0)||SPG||P. Millsap (2.0)|
|R. Gobert (3.0)||BPG||J. Grant (1.5)|
|R. Gobert (.714)/D. Mitchell (14.5)||FG%/FGM||T. Daniels (.667)/N. Jokic (10.5)|
|R. O’Neale (.571)/D. Mitchell (6.0)||3P%/3PM||T. Daniels (1.00)/M. Porter Jr. (4.5)|
Denver Can’t Be Too Patient
Coming off of a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets can’t be feeling well about their performance. Despite big nights from Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, they were much too lethargic from the tip to look competitive.
The culprit for the Nuggets in their Game 2 loss was their inability to get their offence moving fast enough. While the Jazz was deliberate with the ball and aggressive attacking, the Nuggets spent a lot of time trying to open things up rather than force the issue.
If there’s one player that can increase the pace for the Nuggets it’s Jamal Murray. The Canadian was excellent in Game 1, but lethargic in the first half of Game 2. If Denver’s starting point guard can be a bit more selfish, Denver will be able to match Utah’s pace.
Can the Jazz Maintain their Shooting?
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: (F) Joe Ingles
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) August 19, 2020
The Australian international is beloved within the Utah Jazz franchise, for his disposition, play, and consistency despite his advanced age. Ingles has sneakily been their second best player on the court over two games.
While Donovan Mitchell draws all the headlines, Ingles maintains his role as the piece that maintains the Utah Jazz machine. Not only is his shooting fantastic, 4.5 three-point field goals made per game on 42.9% shooting, but he is averaging 6.0 assists per game in this series as well.
While he won’t be asked to create his own offence, Ingles has been essential to the Jazz’s offence. If he can maintain his form, the Denver Nuggets defence will be scrambling once again.
Nuggets Key Player: (F) Michael Porter Jr.
— MPJ ? (@mpj_burner) August 19, 2020
Michael Porter Jr. was the darling of the league upon the season’s restart, but he came out with a bit of a dud in Game 1 against the Utah Jazz. Luckily, he redeemed himself in Game 2.
Porter Jr. is such a unique player that there aren’t any on the Jazz that can match him defensively – he’s got the size of a power forward and the skill of a guard. Porter Jr. scored 28 points on 58.8% shooting against the Jazz, despite being blown out by 19.
The Nuggets need their offence to initiate quicker and Porter Jr. may be the right catalyst for the job. He’s shown ability one-on-one, but if he can be more involved on the glass and recognize opportunities for his teammates Porter Jr. can be a game-changer.
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