My prediction: Over 216,5
The Utah Jazz are currently a depleted basketball team. With both teams fit and healthy, I would probably still give the Denver Nuggets the edge, but without the likes of Mike Conley Jr. on the court, the Jazz are incredibly one dimensional. That’s fine if you can expect Donovan Mitchell to score 57 and Joe Ingles to make clutch three pointers; but this is not sustainable. In the same respect, I wouldn’t think that Michael Porter Jr. could go as cold as he did in the first game again in quick succession. Utah played incredibly well to make it to overtime on Monday, after Nicola Jokic failed to seal the win with the last shot in regulation, before falling quickly to a double digit deficit, and I believe that today’s game will not be as close if all of the aforementioned variables regress, even slightly, towards the norm.
Denver was the better team in Game 1. The only thing that kept this game close is Donovan MItchell and his carreer high performance, scoring 57 point for the Jazz.
The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets continue their best of seven series on Wednesday. Denver won the opening contest in this series, 135-125. The Nuggets took a seven-point lead into the half, only to see the Jazz rally in the third, outscoring Denver by 12 to take the lead. Denver then battled back to tie the score, forcing overtime. In OT, the Nuggets dominated, outscoring the Jazz, 20-10.
Guard Jamal Murray led the way for the Nuggets, scoring 36 in the victory. Nikola Jokic grabbed 10 boards and scored 29 for Denver. The Jazz were led by guard Donovan Mitchell, who scored 57 in the loss.