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Utah Jazz Odds
The sixth-seeded Utah Jazz have a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series and can close out the third-seeded Denver Nuggets with a win in Game 5 on Tuesday. Utah has advanced past the first round just twice since 2010, including 2018, when they beat Oklahoma City before falling to Houston in the West semifinals.
A win Tuesday would give Utah its fourth playoff series win over Denver in five all-time meetings. Donovan Mitchell has two 50-point games in the series, but with 158 total points, he’s far from the record for a five-game series, held by Michael Jordan (226).
Mike Conley has averaged 26.5 points in two games since joining the series after missing the prior two after quarantining following the birth of a son.
Denver Nuggets Odds
The third-seeded Denver Nuggets trail sixth-seeded Utah 3-1 in the best-of-seven and must sweep three straight to avoid a first-round playoff elimination for the 11th time in their past 13 trips to the postseason.
The numbers clearly demonstrate why the Nuggets have fallen behind in the series. They have been outshot overall (51.6 percent to 46.2 percent) and on 3-pointers (43.3 percent to 42.7 percent), they have made fewer threes (17 per game to 16) and free throws (20.5 to 13.5), and they’ve been outrebounded (43.8 to 41.8).
Jamal Murray (36, 14, 12, 50) has been outscored by rival Donovan Mitchell (57, 30, 20, 51) in each game of the series, but he has battled Mitchell to a tie for the series lead in 3-pointers with 18.