Jazz vs. Nuggets Game 3 Prediction: NBA Playoff Odds, Point Spread

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 21, 2020

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz, 2020

Donovan Mitchell has scored an amazing 87 points through the first two games of this series. His Jazz are slight underdogs in game three Friday afternoon.

Denver
46-27
AT
August 21, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
The Arena
Utah
44-28
Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline +101
Over / Under o +217.5

65%

Betting Action

35%

Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -122
Over / Under u +217.5

65%

Betting Action

35%

After a painful overtime loss in Game 1, the Utah Jazz came ready to play in Game 2. They led for the majority of the game and won by 19 points. The Denver Nuggets had an awful defensive performance – something that has happened regularly in the bubble – and they’ll have to bounce back for Game 3. With Mike Conley Jr. set to return for the Jazz, do they have the upper hand going into Friday’s affair?

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Denver is now 38-15 as the favorite this season and 124-46 in the past three seasons. However, they are just 23-25 ATS in those games and 2-8 ATS on Friday nights. On the plus side, they are 13-6-2 in their last 21 after a loss.

Meanwhile the Utah Jazz are 6-1 in their last seven when coming off of an upset win as the underdog and after winning Game 2, they are looking to keep that momentum going in the right direction. They are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 as a dog.

Denver Nuggets

Outside of what the box score shows, the Nuggets didn’t really play well at all. Each of their starters were in the negative for their plus-minus and trailed by 24 heading into the fourth quarter. They didn’t shoot the ball that poorly either, as they were just over 45 percent from the field. It was primarily their defense that was hurting them the entire game. They were seemingly unable to defend against the Mitchell pick-and-roll and were killed on that constantly. This defense has been abysmal as they’ve allowed at least 124 points in seven of their last eight contests. They simply have to be better.

There were some bright spots in Game 2 as Michael Porter Jr. was able to score 28 points. He will continue to be the Nuggets x-factor as guys like Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic look for support.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz came out of the gates ready to play in Game 2. They were able to shoot a blistering 45.5% from three-point range in this contest, going 20 out of their 44. Donovan Mitchell was unstoppable again as he dropped 30 points to go along with his eight assists. Rudy Gobert was there for support, pouring in 19 and Joe Ingles contributed with 18.

Besides their starters playing well, their bench performed well also. With Royce O’Neale almost getting a triple double with nine points, seven rebounds, and eight assists and Jordan Clarkson scoring 26 points. This is the type of effort the Jazz will need from their reserves as it can’t only be the Mitchell show. The good news is they’ll get Conley Jr. back for this contest and he’s averaged 18.0 points per game in the bubble.

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