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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 8/8/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (43 - 26) vs. DENVER (45 - 24)
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Saturday, 8/8/2020 3:30 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-26-10.731-3536-33110.954.647.1%52.8108.253.945.4%50.6
Road Games22-16-1.218-1920-18110.853.146.8%52.0109.654.245.6%51.6
Last 5 Games2-3-12-33-2108.652.042.9%50.8112.859.848.5%52.6
Division Games5-6-14.53-84-7105.152.644.7%51.4108.155.145.7%55.1
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.954.640-8547.1%13-3537.9%18-2377.9%53922206154
vs opponents surrendering11256.341-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.853.139-8446.8%13-3537.8%19-2478.6%52922216154
Stats Against (All Games)108.253.940-8945.4%11-3135.2%16-2176.8%511021218125
vs opponents averaging11256.341-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.654.241-9045.6%11-3134.7%17-2277.3%521022218124

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games45-24-4.330-3334-35110.955.047.2%52.4108.354.546.0%51.0
Road Games20-16-2.115-1819-17110.454.646.7%51.4111.156.046.8%51.3
Last 5 Games2-3-0.92-34-1114.053.649.3%48.8120.458.247.7%50.8
Division Games11-2+11.98-55-8111.154.548.0%55.2104.652.143.1%50.1
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.955.042-8947.2%11-3035.7%16-2177.6%521127208135
vs opponents surrendering112.356.441-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.454.642-8946.7%11-3136.4%16-2079.5%511126218144
Stats Against (All Games)108.354.540-8646.0%12-3435.3%17-2276.2%511025207144
vs opponents averaging112.256.441-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.156.040-8646.8%12-3336.8%18-2377.4%511025208145
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 96.3,  DENVER 95.9
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
7/30/2020*NEW ORLEANS106-104W-4L232.5U37-8444.0%542040-9442.6%5620
8/1/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY94-110L2L218U34-8739.1%431441-7753.2%5621
8/3/2020*LA LAKERS108-116L6L217O37-8344.6%492141-8250.0%4714
8/7/2020*SAN ANTONIO111-119L9W225.5O38-9141.8%541545-8950.6%5413
8/13/2020*SAN ANTONIO              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/3/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY121-113W5W219.5O42-8748.3%561237-8742.5%5515
8/5/2020*SAN ANTONIO132-126W-2W226.5O50-9154.9%491446-9349.5%467
8/10/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/12/2020*LA CLIPPERS              
UTAH: LAST SEASON: 50-32, lost 4-1 to Houston in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Quin Snyder (sixth season, 227-183).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Mike Conley (21.1 ppg), G Donovan Mitchell (23.8), F Bojan Bogdanovic. (18.0), F Joe Ingles (12.1), C Rudy Gobert (15.9)
KEY LOSSES: F/C Derrick Favors, G Ricky Rubio, F Jae Crowder, G Kyle Korver.
KEY ADDITIONS: Conley, Bogdanovic, F Jeff Green, C Ed Davis, G Emmanuel Mudiay.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Mitchell to see if he can emerge as a true All-Star this season. The third-year guard, who averaged at least 20 points in each of his first two seasons, won't have to shoulder as big of a load in creating the offense with Conley now sharing the backcourt. Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and will anchor one of the league's best defenses again. He posted career-highs in points (15.9) and rebounds (12.9) per game a year ago. Bogdanovic adds a valuable shooter on the wing with Ingles that should give the Jazz an improved outside scoring punch. He shot a career-high 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season.
OUTLOOK: The Jazz are well positioned to take a step forward and become a Western Conference title contender. Conley gives Utah a veteran point guard who is a legit scoring threat in addition to a strong passer. Bogdanovic and Green will also shore up shooting and help Conley take away some of the pressure from Ingles and Mitchell to get it all done on offense. Utah's fortunes, ultimately, will rise and fall on the continued progression of the central star duo of Mitchell and Gobert. If the Jazz offense can catch up to the team's elite defense this season, few teams will be able hang with Utah as the season progresses.
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
Injuries loom large as Nuggets face Jazz

The Denver Nuggets have split their first four games of the NBA restart, and they sit exactly where they were at the beginning of play in the bubble: in third place in the Western Conference.

One observation is that Denver squandered a chance to overtake the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 2 seed, but the upside is the Nuggets have not lost ground despite not having three starters for three games. They also sat four of them in a 125-115 loss to Portland on Thursday.

Denver (45-24) might stay shorthanded when it faces the Utah Jazz near Orlando on Saturday afternoon. The Nuggets have a two-game lead over Utah after the Jazz's loss to San Antonio on Friday, and a 1.5-game lead over Houston, which sits at No. 4.

Denver has been able to tread water despite not having guards Jamal Murray (left hamstring) and Gary Harris (right hip), as well as forward Will Barton (right knee) for the last four games. Forward Paul Millsap sat out for rest Thursday and should be back in the lineup on Saturday.

With the starters sidelined, rookie Michael Porter Jr. has filled the void and become a force after having inconsistent playing time before the league suspended play in March.

"I'm a different player right now than I was at that point even though some people argued that I should have been in the game," Porter said earlier this week. "I worked really hard during the break when we were off, and I think I came back a better player."

His work has paid off. After scoring 11 points in the first game back against the Miami Heat, he is averaging 31.3 points and 13 rebounds over the last three. He put up a career-best 37 points in an overtime win against Oklahoma City on Monday.

Porter has benefitted from playing alongside center Nikola Jokic, who had a triple-double against the Thunder (30 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) and continues to be the catalyst for Denver's success.

Like the Nuggets, Utah (43-26) was without four starters in its 119-111 loss to San Antonio on Friday. Mike Conley (right knee soreness), Rudy Gobert (rest), Donovan Mitchell (left peroneal strain) and Royce O'Neale (right calf soreness) all sat.

Saturday's game could feature more reserves than stars taking the spotlight, but both teams have been grinding through injuries for a couple of weeks.

"That's the thing about being here, everybody's good. So we just have to be ready to play. We're going to get adversity in one way shape or form," Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder said this week. "More than anything it's recognizing it and being mentally tough and handling it."

While the Nuggets will likely have Millsap back, the other three starters could miss their fifth straight game. Thanks to a deep bench, a rising star and a unique talent in Jokic, head coach Michael Malone has options.

"(Jokic) makes everybody better, no matter who's on the floor with him," Malone said. "And Michael Porter is a huge part of our present and our future. The sooner those two create that on-court chemistry, the better off we're going to be, not only in the moment, but looking forward. Those are two cornerstones to our franchise."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 5:16:48 AM EST

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