Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets - 8/27/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets - 8/27/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (48-30) at Utah Jazz (47-30)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -1.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets meet Thursday in game six of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.    

The Utah Jazz have another chance to close out this series and advance to the next playoff round. The Utah Jazz are averaging 121.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 47 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 37.6 points and 5.6 assists while Mike Conley is averaging 23.3 points and 4.3 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 10.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 43.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

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The Denver Nuggets need a victory to save their season and force a game seven on Saturday. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 114.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 121.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 30.8 points and 6.8 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jerami Grant is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 44 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Jazz are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite. The over is 19-6-1 in Nuggets last 26 overall. The over is 9-2 in Jazz last 11 overall. The Nuggets are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Utah and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Denver Nuggets got a big time performance from Murray to save their season and force a game six, and they are the better, deeper team in this series, so extending it wasn't surprising. With that said, the Jazz still had their chances to win that game and led most of it until late in the fourth quarter. The Jazz continue to get anything and everything they want on the offensive end and have played the better basketball for majority of this series. The Jazz had six players in game five score in the double digits. While I'd love to see a game seven between these teams, the Jazz are tough to bet against just by how easy they're scoring in this series.

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Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.