Utah has won three straight after dropping game one and now have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series as they face once again Denver. The Nuggets have been struggling mightily and are 1-6 in their last 7 games. They will try to turns things around tonight in order to avoid elimination.
Date/Time: 08-25-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets +3 Total: +221
Denver finished the regular season with a 46-27 record (33-36-4 ATS). They were third in the West. They have lost six of their last seven matches. In their last game they got defeated by Utah in Game 4, 127-129. They were a 3.5-point underdog and failed to cover the handicap.
Jamal Murray leads the team both in scoring with 28 ppg and in assists made with 6.5. He also adds 6 rebounds, while Nikola Jokic adds 25.3 ppg, 5.3 assists and a team-high 8.3 rebounds.
Utah finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (34-36-2 ATS). They were sixth in the West. They have won four of their last five matches. In their last game they won Denver in game four, 129-127. They were a -3.5 favorite and barely covered the spread.
Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 39.5 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and a team-high 5.8 assists per game. Mike Conley adds 26.5 ppg and 4 assists.
Denver leads Utah 4-3 wins so far this season.
Jazz are better both offensively (112 to 111.4 ppg) and defensively (109.1 to 110 ppg).
They also have a better 3-point percentage (38.3% to 36.3%) and grab more rebounds (44.8 to 44).
On the other hand, Nuggets dish more assists (26.5 to 22.4) and commit fewer turnovers (13.7 to 14.9).
Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47.3% to 47.2%).
Bookmakers give the Jazz a -3 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Denver forced a close Game 4 and with their backs against the wall will do so again tonight.
Jazz vs Nuggets Game 5 Prediction: Denver Nuggets +3 (-111)