Numbers preview: Denver Nuggets (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7)

Numbers preview: Denver Nuggets (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7)

The Spurs' win marked the third by a road team on the opening day of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Unlike a majority of the season, James Harden didn't have to do everything for the team on offense in Game 1, but he was still on fire. "Hopefully he'll continue to play that way because it's going to be a long series".

During the regular season, the Jazz averaged the fourth-most turnovers per game in the league at 15.1. That pick is only available at SportsLine.

The two teams split their four-game season series, with Houston winning each of the two most recent games, not so coincidentally, coinciding with the Rockets upgrading their roster over the course of the season.

Houston blew a big lead at Oklahoma City in their season finale on Tuesday, which put them in the 4 seed in the West instead of potentially taking the 2 seed. The Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 3-2-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

Jamal Murray worked on his jumper while teammates showered and addressed the media following a 8-24 performance in the Denver Nuggets' 101-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Didn't matter much to Harden and the Rockets though.

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Eric Gordon added 17 points and Clint Capela added a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds). The under is 8-3-1 in Jazz last 12 games playing on 2 days rest.

Even so, Houston isn't guaranteed to cover the Rockets vs.

Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz after not scoring more than 15 points in a game in the playoff series against the Rockets last season.

There's no questioning that the Rockets present a tough matchup for Utah.

The Houston Rockets continued their dominance over the Utah Jazz with their game one victory and there was nothing in that game that gives you a good feeling about Utah hanging around in this series.

Houston, one of the NBA's worst defensive teams during the first half of the season, has excelled on that end since the All-Star break. If there's anything they've taught us the past two seasons, especially the past two postseasons, it's that they're a resilient and hard-nosed group that doesn't go down without a fight.

Houston's entire starting lineup had at least 10 points. And which side of the spread hits in over 60 percent of simulations? The Rockets' aggressive defense had snuffed out every action the Jazz attempted on the possession.

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