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Cavaliers vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Tuesday, January 10th
- Betting Odds UTA +3.5, CLE -166 | UTA +137 O/U 227.5
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-15. So far, the team has gone 22-18-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Cleveland is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Cavaliers took down the Suns by a score of 112-98. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 6 point favorites. Although Cleveland held just a 3 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 14 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Darius Garland, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 47.1% of his shots.
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-23. So far, the team has gone 22-19-2 against the spread. Against the Cavaliers, the Jazz are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -6.5 points per contest.
Utah will be gunning to get in the win column vs Cleveland, as they previously lost to the Grizzlies by a score of 123-118. However, because they entered as 5 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. In the loss, Utah got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. In the loss, Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring with 21 points on a field goal percentage of 44.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Cavaliers averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Jazz. While the Cavaliers were able to maintain their usual level of production against Utah, the Jazz averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 100.0. In terms of betting vs the spread, the Cavaliers have gone 3-2, but the Jazz actually have a positive scoring differential. In these meetings, Utah has averaged 106 points per contest, while allowing 100. Over the course of these games, they averaged 206 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 41 games, the Cavaliers are averaging 111.5 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.4 per contest. Even though the Cavaliers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 36.5%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Against the Jazz, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.
Shooting Guard Donovan Mitchell currently leads the Cavaliers at 28.8 points per game. For the season, he is 11th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Mitchell is averaging 3.9 boards and 4.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 29th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Darius Garland enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 32 games, he is averaging 21.4 and is 81st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 43 games, Utah is the 3rd best scoring team at 117.6 points per game. For the season, the Jazz have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 12th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 11th team in made field goals per contest.
So far, the Jazz have played well defensively, as they are ranked 10th in the league at 107.57 points per contest.
On offense, Lauri Markkanen leads the Jazz in scoring at 24.5 points per game, placing him 21st in the NBA. Overall, Markkanen has hit 52.9% of his shots while accounting for 17.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 28th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 20.4 points per game, Jordan Clarkson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Jazz. For the season, he is 122nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.8%.
Cavaliers vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jazz +3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 227.5