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Mavericks vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds UTA -8, DAL +260 | UTA -333 O/U OFF
The Mavericks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-24. So far, the team has gone 17-31-2 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Dallas has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Dallas is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Suns. With the 99-95 victory, they also covered the spread as 1 point underdogs. In the game, Dallas was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Suns by 6 going into the second half. In the win, Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in scoring with 36 points on a field goal percentage of 55.6%.
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-26. So far, the team has gone 27-22-2 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Utah is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
Not only did the Jazz drop their last game to the Trail Blazers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 134-124 as 3 point underdogs. Utah was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 2. Leading the team in scoring was Lauri Markkanen, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 43.8% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Mavericks averaged 112.5 points per game vs the Jazz. Similar to the Mavericks, the Jazz scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Dallas, the team averaged 109.25 points per game. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Mavericks have averaged 105 points per game compared to 98 for Utah. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Dallas. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 1-4. Combined, they averaged 203 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Dallas offense is ranked 24th in the NBA in scoring at 112.6 points per game. So far, the Mavericks are averaging 96.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 17th in the league in field goal percentage 47.1%.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Mavericks are giving up an average of 104.72 points per game, good for 2nd in the NBA.
Without Luka Doncic, Dallas will need Spencer Dinwiddie to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Utah today. This season, Doncic leads the team in scoring with 33.0 points per game. Dinwiddie is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, which places him 74.0th in the NBA. In his 49 games, he has hit 46.4% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 3.0 rebounds per game.
Utah will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.7 points per game (3rd). The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.5 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.
Power-Foward Lauri Markkanen currently leads the Jazz at 24.8 points per game. For the season, he is 78th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Markkanen is averaging 8.7 boards and 1.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 23rd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jordan Clarkson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 50 games, he is averaging 21.0 and is 122nd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Mavericks vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jazz -8
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF