The Dallas Mavericks (19-14) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (14-19) on Monday, January 1st. This game will be played at Delta Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Mavericks vs Jazz
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
The Mavericks won vs. the Warriors in their most recent game, ending with a score of 132-122. As the second half got underway, the Mavericks were leading by a score of 63-54.
Coming into their matchup against the Jazz, the Mavericks are 19-14 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are 6th overall and hold the top spot in the Southwest division.
The Mavericks have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 18-15. Dallas has covered the spread in three consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 12-6 on the road as opposed to 6-9 at home.
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Heat, Collin Sexton was the top scorer for the Jazz’s offense, scoring 22 points and shooting 8/14 from the field. As the Jazz secured the victory with a final score of 117-109, Keyonte George also chipped in with 21 points.
The Jazz have gone 4-1 in their last five games and have an overall record of 14-19. In the Western Conference, they are currently ranked 12th and are 4th in the Northwest division.
Utah comes in with an overall ATS record of 19-14 so far this season. On the road, the Jazz have an ATS record of 8-11 compared to a 11-3 record vs. the spread at home.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Mavericks’ offense is rated 7th in the league in scoring, averaging 119.2 points per contest. The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.5 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 17.8 made free-throws per game.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
In 33 games games, Utah has an average of 113.4 points per game (19th). So far, the Jazz are averaging 99.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 21st in made field goals per game.
Mavericks Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Mavericks’ defense is giving up an average of 117.8 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Mavericks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.1% from downtown.
Jazz Team Defense
At present, the Jazz’s defense is ranked 23rd, allowing 118.8 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Jazz defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.7% while allowing 37.7% from downtown.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Jazz
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Luka Doncic is set to be the main scorer for the Mavericks, recording 33 points and shooting 11/23 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 33.9 points per game, along with 8.4 rebounds.
As for Utah, Lauri Markkanen is projected to be the primary scorer for the Jazz. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 9 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 48.7% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23.5 points per game.
Mavericks vs Jazz Trends
- The Mavericks are 3-0 ATS in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- Across their last three home contests, Utah has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 120 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Jazz have a straight up record of 6-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 7-3.
- Through their last three games as the favorite, the Mavericks have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
As the underdogs with a spread of +3, we recommend going with the Jazz on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 245, and our model predicts the Mavericks and Jazz to score a combined 295 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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