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Hornets vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Charlotte Hornets at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Monday, January 23rd
- Betting Odds UTA -7.5, CHA +242 | UTA -307 O/U OFF
The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-34. So far, the team has gone 19-24-4 against the spread. Charlotte will be going for their 3 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 2 straight wins.
The Hornets are coming off a 122-118 win over the Hawks. This away win came despite entering the game as the 7 point underdogs. Charlotte put together a strong second half performance, as after 2 quarters, they trailed the Hawks by -16 points. Leading the team in scoring was Terry Rozier, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 44.0% of his shots.
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 24-25, while going 26-21-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Jazz are coming off a dissappointing 117-106 loss to the Nets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Utah missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 4 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Hornets and Jazz split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 216.5 points. Last year, the Hornets saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Jazz, averaging 104.5 points per game. Like the Hornets, the Jazz scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 106.5 points per game vs Charlotte. In terms of betting, Utah has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Charlotte. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +12 points per game in favor of the Jazz. A combined average of 224 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Charlotte offense is ranked 21st in the NBA in scoring at 112.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Charlotte is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.4 possessions per game.
Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.
Point-Guard Terry Rozier currently leads the Hornets at 21.3 points per game. For the season, he is 46th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Rozier is averaging 4.1 boards and 5.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 27th ranked defense at defending point-guards. P.J. Washington enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 46 games, he is averaging 15.4 and is 227th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.5 points per contest. This figure places them 4th in the league. So far, the Jazz are averaging 100.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Utah is just 13th in made field goals per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Jazz are giving up an average of 107.57 points per game, good for 10th in the NBA.
On offense, Lauri Markkanen leads the Jazz in scoring at 24.8 points per game, placing him 21st in the NBA. Overall, Markkanen has hit 52.0% of his shots while accounting for 18.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 26th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 21.2 points per game, Jordan Clarkson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Jazz. For the season, he is 112nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 45.3%.
Hornets vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF