The Toronto Raptors (15-23) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (19-20) on Friday, January 12th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on KJZZ. The Jazz are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 9:30 ET.
Raptors vs Jazz
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Raptors fell to the Clippers by a score of 126-120. Despite losin the game straight-up, the Raptors did cover the spread as +11.5 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 233 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Heading into their matchup with the Jazz, the Raptors are 15-23 overall and are hoping to get back on track after losing their last two games. In the Eastern Conference, they are ranked 12th and are 5th in the Atlantic division.
Presently, Toronto boasts an ATS record of 20-18, which is above .500 against the spread. The Raptors are in the midst of a three game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they come in with a 7-8 record against the spread as favorites.
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
The Jazz notched a win against the Nuggets in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 124-111. At the beginning of the second half, the Jazz were leading 71-53.
With a win over the Raptors, the Jazz will reach .500 for the season. Currently, the team is 11th in the Western Conference and 4th in the Northwest division.
Against the spread, Utah are currently above .500, at 23-16 ATS. When playing on the road, the Jazz hold an ATS record of 10-12 in contrast to a 13-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Toronto has recorded an average of 115.6 points per game (14th) throughout 38 games games.
This season, the Raptors have been one of the top teams in terms of assists, ranking 2nd in the league with 29.7 per game. In terms of scoring, Toronto is 14th in the NBA at 115.6 points per game. However, they have been a better offensive team on the road, averaging 117.7 points compared to 113.2 at home.
When it comes to their three-point shooting, the Raptors have struggled this season, making just 35% of their attempts (21st). In terms of pace, Toronto is 17th in the league at 98.9 possessions per game.
Overall, the Raptors have been an efficient offensive team, ranking 9th in field goal percentage at 48%. They have also been one of the top teams in terms of two-point shooting, making 55% of their attempts (7th).
Jazz Offense Breakdown
Through 39 games games, Utah is averaging 115.3 points per game (16th).
At home, the Jazz are averaging 121.4 points per game, which is 6th in the NBA. Overall, they are 16th in scoring at 115.3 points per game. In terms of pace, Utah is 11th in the league at 99.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Jazz are 12th in the NBA in made threes per game (13.1). However, they are just 26th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. In terms of field goal percentage, Utah is 22nd in the league at 46%.
So far this season, the Jazz have outscored the NBA scoring average in 53.8% of their games. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 17th in the league at 54%. In terms of assists, Utah is 7th in the NBA at 27.8 per game.
Raptors Team Defense
At this time, the Raptors’ defense is positioned 17th in the NBA, permitting 116.4 points per game. Toronto’s defense is currently forcing 12.8 turnovers per game, which is 13th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 21st in blocked shots, with an average of 4.9 rejections per game.
Jazz Team Defense
The Jazz’s defense is presently ranked 23rd in the league, allowing an average of 118.5 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Jazz’s defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.0% and allowing 37.3% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Raptors And Jazz
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Pascal Siakam will be the primary scorer for the Raptors, with 22 points and going 8/17 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 22.2 points per game, in addition to 6.4 rebounds.
As for Utah, Lauri Markkanen is projected to be the primary scorer for the Jazz. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 24, and adding 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.8%, and he is contributing 23.6 points per game on average.
Raptors vs Jazz Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Toronto has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 126 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- In their last three home games, Utah has averaged 116 points per game while allowing 117. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Raptors have gone 4-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Jazz have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 4-1.
Coming in as the underdogs at +2.5, we have the Raptors as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 238.5, and our model predicts the Raptors and Jazz to score a combined 218 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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