NBA Odds shows the Jazz are down one game and two players since the regular season ended. Okur flew back to Salt Lake City to mull his surgery options, leaving his dispirited teammates behind in Denver to figure out how to stop the Nuggets without him and forward Andrei Kirilenko who aggravated a strained calf in practice on Thursday.
Its amazing that going into this playoff series both teams had the same season record of 53 wins and 29 losses and it appears that team injuries will surely play a roll in the outcome of this series. The Cavaliers still have some adjusting to do with the return of Shaq, the only thing that will keep this from a sweep is that Bulls keep playing for Coach Vinny Del Negro.
If the Bulls show as much fight on the court as they do in the front office, they could make this a series. But they won’t. Bulls guard Derrick Rose averaged only 17 points in three games against the Cavaliers. The big question: What kind of minutes will Mike Brown give Shaquille O’Neal?
Basketball betting at the moment have the Nuggets as 7-point favorites against the Bulls, while the total
Over/Under is at 212 1/2.
The Jazz: 53-29 SU, 49-30-3 ATS
The Nuggets: 53-29 SU, 34-42-6 ATS
The Jazz more recently:
When playing on Monday’s they are 8-2
Before playing the Nuggets they were 5-5
After playing the Nuggets they are 6-4
After a loss they are 8-2
The Nuggets more recently:
When playing on Monday’s they are 5-5
Before playing the Jazz they were 8-2
After playing Utah they are 7-3
After a win they are 5-5
The Jazz at home vs. the Nuggets on Friday, April 23