The Utah Jazz (11-18) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (11-17) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena. 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 Pistons. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Jazz vs Raptors
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
The Jazz picked up a win over the Pistons in their latest game, finishing with a score of 119-111. As the second half got underway, the Jazz were leading by a score of 64-58.
In their most recent five games, the Jazz are 3-2 and have an overall record of 11-18. When looking at their away games, the Jazz are 3-13 compared to 8-5 at home.
Utah has an overall ATS record of 15-14 for the season so far. This season, Utah has a 3-1 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 12-13 when playing as underdogs.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Raptors fell to the 76ers by a score of 121-111. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Raptors failed to cover the spread as +8 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 230.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Over their last ten games, the Raptors are 3-7 and come into this game vs. the Jazz with an overall record of 11-17. In the Eastern Conference, they are 12th and are 5th in the Atlantic division.
Toronto comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-15 so far this season. This season, Toronto has a 5-6 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 8-9 as underdogs.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
The Jazz come into today’s game as the 21st ranked scoring offense at 112.6 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 13.1 made 3’s per game. If the Jazz offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 99.2 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 112.2 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the Toronto offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.5 turnovers per game.
Jazz Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Jazz will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 119.4 points per game (24).
On two point field goal attempts, the Jazz’s defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.1% and allowing 37.6% from beyond the arc.
Raptors Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Raptors defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 42.9% of their games. Currently, they are 18 in the NBA at 114.4 points per game allowed.
The Raptors defense is coming off a game in which they held the 76ers offense to just 44.8% shooting. Overall, they gave up 121 points to Philadelphia.
Key Players For The Jazz And Raptors
For today’s matchup, we project Lauri Markkanen to lead the scoring for the Jazz, putting up 13 points and shooting at a rate of 5/9. Throughout this season, his average stands at 23.3 points per game, along with 8.6 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Pascal Siakam to be the top scorer for the Raptors. Our projection has him finishing the game with 17, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 51.1% and is averaging 21.4 points per contest.
Jazz vs Raptors Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Utah has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home contests, the Raptors offense has averaged 112 points per game while allowing an average of 119. Toronto posted an overall record of 0-5 while going 1-4 ATS.
- The Jazz have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 3-2 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Toronto has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 6-4 straight up.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Raptors vs. Raptors game, our recommendation is to take the Jazz at +5.5. Despite our model showing the Raptors winning 106-101, we like Jazz as our point-spread pick.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 230, and our model predicts the Jazz and Raptors to score a combined 207 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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