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Nets vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Utah Jazz
  • Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
  • Date: Friday, January 20th
  • Betting Odds UTA -6.5, BKN +213 | UTA -266 O/U 228.5

The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 27-17. So far, the team has gone 20-23-1 against the spread. Brooklyn will take the court having lost 4 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -8.5 in these matchups.

In their previous game, the Nets were favored to win vs the Suns. However, their 117-112 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Brooklyn got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. In the loss, Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 40.7%.

The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-24. So far, the team has gone 26-20-2 against the spread. The Jazz entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 12.0 points per game.

In their previous game, the Jazz took down the Clippers by a score of 126-103. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 8 point favorites. Not only did the team win the game, but they also outscored the Clippers in every quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Lauri Markkanen, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 55.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Going back to last season, the Nets and Jazz split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 233.0 points. Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 108.0 points per game vs the Jazz. Similar to the Nets, the Jazz scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Brooklyn, the team averaged 115.5 points per game. In terms of betting, Utah has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Brooklyn. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +4 points per game in favor of the Jazz. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 220 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 44 games, Brooklyn is averaging 113.5 points per game (16th). Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Brooklyn offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 28th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.

Currently, the Nets defense is ranked 18th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.12 points per game vs the unit.

Brooklyn will be relying on Kyrie Irving to provide a strong scoring performance in today’s game against the Utah. Kevin Durant has been ruled out. So far this season, Durant has been the team’s leading scorer with an average of 29.7 points per game. Irving is 2nd on the team with 25.8 points per game, which places him 18.0th in the NBA. In 33 games, he has hit 47.7% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game.

The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 117.8 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.4 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.8 made free-throws per game.

Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).

This season, the Jazz offense has primarily worked through Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 43 games, Markkanen is 21st in the NBA at 24.8 points per game. So far, him and Clarkson have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jordan Clarkson is grabbing 4.0 rebounds for Utah to go along with 4.3 assists.

Nets vs Jazz Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Jazz -6.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 228.5

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