- The Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 117-107 in Game 5 of their First Round Series
- Jamal Murray had yet another masterful performance, putting up 42 points, to stave off elimination
- See the odds, spread and total for Game 6 now scheduled for Sunday night at 8:30pm EST
As great as Donovan Mitchell has been in the Western Conference first-round series between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, Jamal Murray has been every bit as special.
Murray backed up his 50-point effort in a 129-127 loss in Game 4 with a 42-point night in Tuesday’s 117-107 victory to help Denver stave off elimination against the Utah.
Now, the No. 6-seeded Jazz will try to upset the No. 3-seeded Nuggets Thursday afternoon in Florida. The Jazz vs Nuggets odds favor Utah to end the series on Sunday night.
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets Game 6 Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline Odds||Total at FanDuel|
|Utah Jazz||-2 (-110)||-130||O 220.5 (-110)|
|Denver Nuggets||+2 (-110)||+110||U 220.5 (-110)|
Odds taken August 28th
Murray had himself a night. He joined none other than Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history since 1976 to back up a 50-point effort in a playoff game with at least 40 points in the next game.
His Airness turned the trick three times. But, hey, Murray is only 23 years old. Give him time! Murray finished his ridiculous night with 42 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and zero turnovers.
So nice, you gotta see it twice.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) August 26, 2020
Now, Denver will try to carry Tuesday’s momentum into Game 6 on a short turnaround – with tip-off set for 4:00 p.m. ET from the bubble. Can Mitchell and co. knock off the Nuggets?
One for the Ages
Whenever you and Jordan are the only two players to do something in 40-plus years, you know you’re doing something right. But Murray’s performance Tuesday was peerless in one regard.
FROM ELIAS: Jamal Murray is the first player to record back-to-back 40-point outings in the playoffs without committing a turnover since 1977, when individual turnovers were first tracked. pic.twitter.com/pNXj8nQdEt
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 26, 2020
Denver was down 15 points in the second half when Murray exploded. He went 14-of-18 from the field, scoring 33 second-half points to help the Nuggets stay alive.
“The young man is growing up and turning into a superstar on the biggest stage,” Denver coach Michael Malone said of Murray. “And couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Murray didn’t do it alone either. Nikola Jokic scored 31 points, while Michael Porter Jr. had 15 and Jerami Grant added 13 as the Nuggets shot 50% from the field as a team.
Donovan Mitchell Keeps Carrying Utah
This series has played out like a heavyweight fight pitting two hungry teams featuring a pair of budding superstars. Mitchell out-dueled Murray in Game 4, as the duo became the first two players in NBA history to put up at least 50 points in the same playoff game. And Mitchell wasn’t too shabby Tuesday either.
DONOVAN MITCHELL’S A BAD MAN https://t.co/8XplmZjOz4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 26, 2020
Mitchell scored 30 points in the Game 5 loss, while Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson had 17 each, and Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Utah.
This is a player that clearly has shown the ability to lead his team to great heights. He has been singularly outstanding in this series. But Mitchell chalked up the Game 5 disappointment – and double-digit blown lead – to team-wide energy.
“They had a level we didn’t reach,” Mitchell said. “That’s on us.”
It almost feels like Mitchell is playing with a higher purpose now. And as dynamic as Murray’s night was in Game 5 – I like Utah to close this thing out Thursday and continue playing for more than just glory on the hardwood.