Check out our free Jazz vs Hornets pick and preview for this NBA game in Charlotte. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Jazz vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Utah Jazz at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Saturday, March 11th
- Betting Odds CHA +3, UTA -149 | CHA +122 O/U OFF
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 32-35, while going 35-29-3 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Utah has an overall record of 1-2, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Jazz are coming off a 131-124 win over the Magic. This away win came despite entering the game as the 4 point underdogs. In the game, Utah was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Magic by 8 going into the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Lauri Markkanen, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 22-46, while going 29-34-5 vs the spread. Charlotte comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 8.5 points per game
In their previous game, the Hornets took down the Pistons by a score of 113-103. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. Charlotte entered the second half with a 9a point lead, and were able to slightly extend that margin and prevent a second half comeback by the Pistons. In the win, Kelly Oubre Jr. led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 56.2%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Jazz picked up the 120-102 win over the Hornets. The Jazz point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 9.0 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Jazz saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Hornets, averaging 106.5 points per game. Like the Jazz, the Hornets scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 104.5 points per game vs Utah. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Jazz have an average scoring margin of +12 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. Over the course of these games, they averaged 228 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.2 points per contest. This figure places them 6th in the league. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.8 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
So far, the Jazz have played well defensively, as they are ranked 10th in the league at 107.57 points per contest.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jordan Clarkson who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.8 points per game. At the time of this article, Clarkson is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 1st on the team in usage rate and is 143rd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Utah benefit from having both of their top scorers as Lauri Markkanen leads the team and is 19th in the league in scoring (25.4). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 29th in points allowed to power-fowards.
The Hornets come into today’s game as the 26th ranked scoring offense at 111.8 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 10.7 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.
On defense, the Hornets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 25th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Point-Guard Terry Rozier currently leads the Hornets at 21.3 points per game. For the season, he is 54th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Rozier is averaging 4.2 boards and 4.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 24th ranked defense at defending point-guards. P.J. Washington enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 63 games, he is averaging 15.2 and is 250th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Jazz vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +3
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF