Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets 8/17/2020 Previews Picks and Game Analysis
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets 8/17/2020 – This is the first day of the 2019-2020 NBA Playoffs and they are kicking off with an exciting matchup between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. This match is slated to start this Monday, August 17 at 1:30 PM Eastern Time. It will still be held in the closed-door locations inside “The Bubble” and this one is at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida. It will be ESPN that will be owning the broadcast rights of the game and they will share the feed through online live streaming at NBA League Pass and SofaScore. Heading to this match, the Denver Nuggets are coming in as the higher seeded team and are favorites by NBA Game Odds to win over the Utah Jazz.
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets 8/17/2020
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets 8/17/2020 Betting Odds
Utah Jazz Betting
During this season, the Utah Jazz has been on a roller coaster ride as they started as one of the hottest teams in the league to become one of the coldest. They also made some changes and went on another winning streak and had off-court issues. Inside the bubble, they only won three of their eight games. One of which was against their playoff foes, the Denver Nuggets. It will now ride on the shoulders of Donovan Mitchell to carry the team’s tempo while Rudy Gobert has to minimize the production of Nikola Jokic. With no Bogdanovic for the rest of the season, Jordan Clarkson has to mature to a more consistent scoring option for the Jazz.
Players to Watch: D. Mitchell SG GP 69 GS 69 MIN 34.3 PTS 24 OR 0.8 DR 3.6 REB 4.4 AST 4.3 STL 1 BLK 0.2 TO 2.7 PF 2.5 AST/TO 1.6 PER 18.86
B. Bogdanovic SF GP 63 GS 63 MIN 33.1 PTS 20.2 OR 0.6 DR 3.5 REB 4.1 AST 2.1 STL 0.5 BLK 0.1 TO 2.5 PF 1.7 AST/TO 0.8 PER 15.67
J. Clarkson PG * GP 42 GS 2 MIN 24.7 PTS 15.6 OR 0.7 DR 2.1 REB 2.8 AST 1.6 STL 0.7 BLK 0.2 TO 1.4 PF 1.8 AST/TO 1.1 PER 16.53.
Denver Nuggets Betting
The Denver Nuggets made a lot of good improvements during the season and continue to showcase their deep roster even up into the bubble. Consistency has been their best weapon and that is why they finished as the third-best record in the NBA Western Conference playoff picture. Nikola Jokic will always the centerpiece of the Nuggets but it is exciting to see Michael Porter Jr. mature and step up as another consistent option. Jamal Murray has been looking good in their past games and looks locked and loaded heading to this matchup with the Jazz. Monte Morris, Paul Millsap and Jerami Grant provide more depth for this team as well.
Players to watch: N. Jokic C GP 73 GS 73 MIN 32 PTS 19.9 OR 2.3 DR 7.5 REB 9.7 AST 7 STL 1.2 BLK 0.6 TO 3.1 PF 3 AST/TO 2.3 PER 24.97
J. Murray PG GP 59 GS 59 MIN 32.3 PTS 18.5 OR 0.8 DR 3.2 REB 4 AST 4.8 STL 1.1 BLK 0.3 TO 2.2 PF 1.7 AST/TO 2.2 PER 17.78
W. Barton SF GP 58 GS 58 MIN 33 PTS 15.1 OR 1.3 DR 5 REB 6.3 AST 3.7 STL 1.1 BLK 0.5 TO 1.5 PF 2.1 AST/TO 2.4 PER 15.7.
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets 8/17/2020 Betting Numbers
Utah are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver’s last 8 games.
Mike Conley PG Personal is out indefinitely
Will Barton SG Knee is downgraded to OUT Monday vs Utah
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Betting Picks
From what we saw in their most recent match inside the bubble, both teams are expected to provide a close matchup all throughout the series. Having played on an even ground makes it more interesting but with more consistency, the Nuggets are forecasted by Top Online Sportsbook to take this first game of this best-of-seven series.
Moneyline: The Jazz as the underdogs are carrying the ML of +140 for this match while the Nuggets are at -160.
ATS: It is just three points separating both teams across the spread. Nuggets has the -3 and the Jazz are at +3.
TOTALs: 217.5 points is the total to be reached by both teams for this match. Jazz is going over and the Nuggets are under.
Score Prediction: 111 – 107 Nuggets