NBA Playoffs: Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Game 7 Injury Updates, Lineup and Predictions

Published 08/31/2020, 5:29 PM EDT


It is all about getting your act together or packing your bags for the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. With both teams entering their last game of the first round of the playoff series, the pressure is rising up and the game is getting intense. The Denver Nuggets were all set to bid goodbye very early off in the series. They were initially losing 3-1 until they woke themselves up and won two consecutive games after. Now, the series remains at a 3-3 tie and their fate hangs in the balance.

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Let’s have a look at what they have in store for us.

Utah Jazz injury updates and lineup prediction

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Utah Jazz took all of us by surprise by winning three consecutive games. They were certainly not expected to play this well and more so not expected to give up their lead the way they did. It is their sloppy ball-handling that doomed them and need to buck up for this game because they can’t afford to make mistakes at this point.

Donovan Mitchell has been tremendous for the Jazz so far in the playoffs. He is the top of many charts and is tied with Jamal Murray for most made three-s. He scored 44 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the previous game. His consistency is what’s driven the Jazz so far this season. It is the other players like Royce O’Neale and Rudy Gobert that need to step it up a notch to support Mitchell. He can’t possibly make it work all on his own.

Their roster is currently healthy and ready to play. Thus, the predicted lineup would be Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale, and Rudy Gobert.

Denver Nuggets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Denver Nuggets team needs to bow down to Jamal Murray for keeping them alive till now. Without him, there is no chance that they would have been able to make this comeback. Murray bagged a whopping 50 points in game 6 and has provided the ray of hope the Nuggets need at this very moment.

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Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray’s neck to neck competition has been the limelight of this series. They both have contributed heavily to their teams and are expected to exhibit the same tussle in game 7. Nikola Jokic has taken up the secondary role as of now, doing complete justice to it. Shooting guard Will Barton has left the Orlando bubble because of a severe injury.

With that being said, the predicted lineup would be Jamal Murray, Monte Morris, Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Jokic.

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Game predictions

This game will also boil down to their key players’ performance and who ends up out-weighing the other. If someone had asked this prediction before the Nuggets turned it around, the answer would be the Utah Jazz coming out victorious. However, Denver’s immense capabilities displayed in the last two games have made one believe that they will end up closing the series as the winner.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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