Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Game 7 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- This will be the final match in this first-round series between the Nuggets and the Jazz.
- After going up 3-1, the Denver Nuggets could be just the twelfth team to recover from that record and win the series.
- Donovan Mitchell leads all scorers in the series with 38.7 points per game.
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Jazz vs Nuggets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Utah Jazz||+1 -115||TBA||-105|
|Denver Nuggets||-1 -105||TBA||-114|
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Jazz vs Nuggets Predictions and Picks
This has been a legendary series as two young stars in Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray have announced themselves on the NBA‘s biggest stage. In what has seemed like an all-offense series, we see Denver’s momentum carrying them through.
Denver Nuggets def. Utah Jazz -114
How to Watch Jazz vs Nuggets
|Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|What||Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Tuesday, September 1st, 2020; 8:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||ABC|
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 (38.7)||PPG||J. Murray (34.0)|
|R. Gobert (10.3)||RPG||N. Jokic (7.2)|
|D. Mitchell (5.5)||APG||J. Murray (6.7)|
|M. Conley (1.3)||SPG||G. Harris (1.0)|
|R. Gobert (1.3)||BPG||J. Grant (1.2)|
|R. Gobert (.656)/D. Mitchell (12.3)||FG%/FGM||J. Murray (.585)/J. Murray (12.7)|
|E. Mudiay (.667)/D. Mitchell (5.2)||3P%/3PM||J. Murray (.574)/J. Murray (5.2)|
Which Team Will Misfire First?
One of the most notable points of this series is the fact that both the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets have been on-target from three-point range. The two sides are shooting a combined 44.6% from deep on the series, with each team attempting more than 35 threes per game.
With the slow-footed starting big men on both teams, Gobert and Jokic, it’s not a surprise that both attack from deep. What is surprising is the conversion rate. Which team slows down from three first may decide the winner of this game.
Between the two sides, Utah has been more accurate throughout the season. However, you can’t count out the brilliance of Murray from deep for the Nuggets, who has made 22 threes in his last three games. It just might be Nikola Jokic who can give Denver the edge from the arc in the final game.
The Reserves Must Make Up the Difference
All eyes have been on the play of Mitchell and Murray, but the bench unites for both teams can make a massive difference in this matchup.
Utah’s have played a short, seven-man rotation with Clarkson and Niang getting the most minutes off the bench. Clarkson’s ability as a scorer can swing a game, but as catalysts like him tend to go he hasn’t been particularly consistent.
On the other side of the court, Mike Malone has gone with eight-to-nine men in his rotation. We don’t expect Gary Harris to make a large contribution after just returning from injury, but talented rookie Michael Porter Jr. could certainly find his scoring form to support Murray.
Jazz Key Player: (G) Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell my goodness pic.twitter.com/ZvtBrQekbp
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) August 26, 2020
With the rise of Jamal Murray, you’d almost forget that Donovan Mitchell was having an incredible series himself – just goes to show how valuable wins are in the public consciousness.
Mitchell is averaging 38.7 points per game, 5.5 assists, and 1.2 steals on 54.8% from the field and 55.4% from three-point range.
Mitchell is an excellent shooter, but his real strengths show when he is going downhill and at the rim. Averaging 9.3 free throw attempts per game, Mitchell’s ability to get others into foul trouble can be game-changing.
Nuggets Key Player: (G) Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray dances through the defense!
— NBA (@NBA) August 31, 2020
The other half of the star-making head-to-head matchup, Canadian Jamal Murray has been absolutely brilliant since his team was put up against the ropes at 2-1.
His last three games have been sublime, as Murray has led his Colorado outfit with per-game averages of 47.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists on 64.3% from the field and 62.9% from three.
Murray will be the key for the Nuggets making the second round. While Gary Harris is back, Murray will have to bare the offensive load again to send his team through.
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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.
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