The Mavericks Travel to Utah to Face the Jazz Friday Night
The game between the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz could be a preview of the Conference Finals. The Mavericks sit at the No.5 spot in the Western Conference, while the Jazz has the No.4 position. This game is easily one of the most-anticipated games of the week.
Dallas is on a two-game winning streak after beating the Pelicans. Can they add the Jazz to their list of wins?
The Utah Jazz is coming off a surprising loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, 106-101. They’re returning home after their road loss which works in their favor.
At home, the Utah Jazz has a 21-10 record this season. The better news for the Jazz is that the Mavericks traded away Kristaps Porzingis. This leaves the Dallas interior weaker and allows Rudy Gobert an opening.
Game Preview: Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz February 25th
The Dallas Mavericks offense hasn’t really lived up to the hype this season. They average 106.64 points per game, ranking 25th in the NBA.
However, this lack of offense hasn’t hurt them very often in terms of win percentage. The Mavericks are 35-24 and recently claimed a huge win over the Miami Heat. Stretching the Jazz’s defense will be essential to a Mavericks win.
The reason we say this is because Rudy Gobert is a force in the paint. Luka Doncic will have a hard time trying to get easy buckets against the Jazz’s defense.
Donovan Mitchell is also back in the lineup for the Jazz and averaging 25.7 points per game. If the Mavericks can’t create separation, their shot selection will be compromised. Between these two, who’s the best bet?
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz Betting Prediction
Over their last seven games, the Mavericks are 6-1 against the spread. This is a pretty remarkable feat considering who they’ve faced over this time.
However, there are some uncharacteristic losses on the Mavericks record. Most recently, they lost 99-97 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Another issue is they won’t have an answer for Rudy Gobert on Friday.
The Utah Jazz have been awful against the spread this season. At home, the Jazz have an ATS record of 13-18 with an overall ATS record of 26-31-1.
However, they’ve picked up the pace recently when it comes to covering spreads. Over their last six games, the Jazz has gone 5-1 against the spread. In their last ten games against Dallas, the Jazz are 5-4-1 against the spread.
Who to choose in this game is going to be dependent upon how large the spread is. The Jazz are also 21-10 when playing at home and are much healthier than the Mavericks.
Multiple players on the Mavericks roster will miss Friday’s game. Taking that into consideration and their 7-3 record over the Mavericks in the last ten games, we’ll take the Utah Jazz and the under.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.