Nuggets: The Nuggets are one of the best teams in the NBA and arguably the best home team in the NBA but they have had to deal with plenty of issues as they head into the playoffs. Kenyon Martin is hurt and their coach is not around as he deals with health issues. This meant problems for the Nuggets as they went from a possible two seed in the west and ended up as a four seed. They now have to come together as a team to take on the Utah Jazz in the playoffs.
Jazz: The Jazz turned a sub-par start into an incredible finished as they had one of the best records after the all-star break. The fell short of grabbing home court in the first round with a loss in the last game of the season but this team is still brimming with confidence. The Jazz have the best coach in the league and will be a tough team to beat for the Nuggets.
Series and Game One Prediction:
Series: Check out Betmania for odds on the first round meeting and the series between the Nuggets and the Jazz. This series will be very entertaining and high scoring. These teams both play very well at home and the first team to lose a home game may be the team that is eliminated. The Nuggets have not been the same without George Karl and it will show in this series. Jerry Sloan will have his team ready and they will pull off the upset in six games!
Game One: BetMania has the Denver Nuggets as five point favorites over the Utah Jazz in game one. The Nuggets have not been the same since Karl left the bench to take care of his health. They have been inconsistent and limped into the playoffs. The Jazz on the other hand have been one of the hottest teams in the league since the break and playing at Denver will not bother this team. The Jazz are 7-0-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on at least 2 days rest and they are 31-14-3 ATS in their last 48 games overall. Take the Jazz plus the points in game one.
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