Nuggets face Jazz to open playoffs

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August 17, 2020 9:25 AM

Utah Jazz (44-28, sixth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season)

Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Monday, 1:30 p.m. EDT - PLAYOFFS HUB

LINE

Nuggets -4.5; over/under is 217.5

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WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND

Denver and Utah meet to begin series

BOTTOM LINE

The Denver Nuggets face the Utah Jazz to open the Western Conference first round. Denver went 3-0 against Utah during the regular season.

The Nuggets are 29-16 in conference matchups. Denver is eighth in the Western Conference shooting 35.9% from downtown, led by Paul Millsap shooting 43.5% from 3-point range.

The Jazz are 5-7 against opponents in the Northwest Division. Utah is eighth in the Western Conference scoring 47.1 points per game in the paint led by Rudy Gobert averaging 11.4.

 

Nikola Jokic is shooting 52.8% and averaging 19.9 points. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 15.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 40.4% over the last 10 games for Denver.

Gobert is averaging 15.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 33.4% over the last 10 games for Utah.

LAST 10 GAMES

Nuggets: 4-6, averaging 115.4 points, 43.2 rebounds, 27.9 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.4 points on 48.1% shooting.

Jazz: 4-6, averaging 111 points, 42.1 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.8 points on 48.7% shooting.

INJURIES

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Will Barton: out (knee), Gary Harris: out (hip).

Jazz: Mike Conley: out (personal), Ed Davis: out (knee).

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