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April 16, 2010 7:00 PM

Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz

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PREDICTIONS
Kyle Adams
Jazz 4, Nuggets 3

When healthy, the Jazz are one of the most dangerous teams in the league. Unfortunately for the Nuggets, they're pretty close to healthy (Boozer says he will play in round one). Still, though Denver has struggled in the second half of the season, partly because of George Karl's bout with cancer, they are talented enough to get back to the conference finals. This will be one of the tightest series of the first round.

Tanner Munroe
Nuggets 4, Jazz 2

With the availability of Andrei Kirilenko uncertain and Carlos Boozer banged up, the Jazz just have too many question marks to beat the Nuggets. Denver has a very solid lineup, and with Kenyon Martin announcing he will play Saturday, the Nuggets are just too deep of a team to lose to the Jazz.

Jeff Briggs
Jazz 4, Nuggets 3

If both teams play to the level that they are capable this could be one of the greatest first round series of all time. The Nuggets have been slumping lately and are without coach Karl, which gives the Jazz a slight advantage.

Robbie Gillies
Nuggets 4, Jazz 2

The Nuggets struggled down the stretch while the Jazz excelled, but the playoffs are a different beast. The pace is usually slower and it rewards more physical teams. The more physical team in this series is clearly the Nuggets.

Samuel Chi
Jazz 4, Nuggets 2

In terms of mental fortitude, this is a total mismatch. All it takes is a little buttered popcorn to get inside the Nuggets' heads. Jerry Sloan might not mess with Kenyon Martin's car, but for sure he'll mess with everything else.

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