The Utah Jazz (10-18) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (2-25) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena. Both the Jazz and Pistons will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Jazz vs Pistons
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Jazz’s most recent game versus the Cavaliers saw Lauri Markkanen lead the Jazz with 26 points while shooting 8/18 from the field. While Collin Sexton was 2nd on the team with 20 points, Utah fell short in the game with a final score of 124-116.
When playing away this season, the Jazz have gone 2-13 compared to their 8-5 record at home. As they get ready to take on the Pistons, the Jazz have a 10-18 overall record and are 1-2 in their last three games.
Utah has an overall ATS record of 14-14 as they come into today’s game. In their two most recent home games, Utah has covered the spread and they are 10-3 ATS at home compared to 4-11 on the road.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pistons were defeated by the Hawks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 130-124. While the Pistons lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +12 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 247.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
The Pistons are 2-25 overall this season and will be trying to get a win against the Jazz. When playing on the road, the Pistons are 1-13 compared to a 1-12 record at home.
So far, Detroit is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 9-17. Detroit has gone 0-2 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 9-15 when playing as underdogs.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
This season, the Utah offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 112.3 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Jazz are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.2 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 24th in made field goals per game.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Detroit has recorded an average of 108.9 points per game (28th) throughout 27 games games. So far, Detroit is averaging 100.1 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 22nd in the league in overall field goal percentage, at 51%.
Jazz Team Defense
At present, the Jazz’s defense is ranked 24, allowing 119.7 points per game.
So far this season, the Jazz’s defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 16th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 21.7 times per game vs. Utah.
Pistons Team Defense
At present, the Pistons’ defense is ranked 25, allowing 120.8 points per game.
In their previous game, the Pistons’ defense struggled against the Hawks, giving up 130 points on a field goal percentage of 51%.
Key Players For The Jazz And Pistons
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Lauri Markkanen as the primary point contributor for the Jazz, finishing with 15 points while maintaining a 6/10 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 23.3 points per game along with 8.6 boards.
As for Detroit, Bojan Bogdanovic is projected to be the primary scorer for the Pistons. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 16, and adding 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 49.6%, and his scoring average is 21.1 points per game.
Jazz vs Pistons Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Jazz have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 111 points per game in these contests.
- Across the Pistons last five home games, the team averaged 106 points per game while allowing 128. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 0-5 straight-up.
- The last ten games that Detroit was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 2-7-1 while going 0-10 straight up.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Jazz have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
The Pistons come in as the underdog at +2, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 238, and our model predicts the Jazz and Pistons to score a combined 213 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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