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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-16) Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz (20-9)
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hornets +500 | Jazz -833 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -12
NBA Betting Total: 234
Monday, December 20th finds the Charlotte Hornets visiting the Utah Jazz for the first meetings this season. The teams will play in Charlotte on March 25th.
The Hornets arrive following a 106-137 rout by Phoenix on Sunday while the Jazz lost both games of a Friday/Saturday back-to-back set to the Spurs (126-128) and Wizards (103-109).
Last season the clubs played twice last season with the Jazz winning both contests and have a seven-game win streak versus Charlotte stretching back to February 9th, 2018. The Jazz holds the all-time record with 44 wins in 63 matches versus the Hornets.
Only one good thing came out of the oust Sunday – – head coach James Borrego was able to rest his core and save their legs for Monday. Charlotte reverted to their worst habit of not starting prepared and it resulted in a 37-15 first quarter.
The Hornets never got close to erasing that 22 point deficit that swelled to 36.
LaMelo Ball may still be shaking off the COVID rust as he posted nine points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a block but like his teammates struggled to score shooting 2 of 12 from the field and 1 of 6 from the perimeter.
Miles Bridges was the only starter to register double-figures (26 points) while Kelly Oubre Jr. led the reserves with 18 points. PJ Washington (13) and Jalen McDaniels (11) were the other double-figure scorers.
Charlotte took 45 shots from the perimeter connecting on only 10 (22.2%).
The Hornets began the day as one of two teams with a fully healthy roster (Thunder) but Cody Martin entered health and safety protocols.
The Jazz hadn’t lost consecutive games since November 13th prior to this weekend. They also discovered the most valuable player on their squad could be Mike Conley.
The veteran point guard sat the second game of a back-to-back and the Jazz offense suffered without him, often looking stuck in cement with none of their typical ball movement. To wit, Utah is 0-3 when Conley sits.
Donovan Mitchell led his team in scoring with 32 points plus five assists but also had five turnovers. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 while Jordan Clarkson added 12 points but was 1 of 10 from behind the arc.
Rudy Gobert registered a double-double of 11 points and 19 rebounds plus a season-high six blocks.
Mike Conley remains on the injury report under “rest” as “questionable” for Monday but it’s not a back-to-back and the Jazz don’t play again until Thursday so he’s likely suiting up. Udoka Azubuike (ankle) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Jazz are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The Jazz are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Charlotte is 4-8 in their last 12 games allowing opponents to score an average of 125.4 points. Only three of those 12 opponents possess top 10 offenses – Hawks (3rd), Suns (8th), and Bucks (9th) and they’ll face the top-ranked offense in this match.
Suffice to say, James Borrego needs to get his charges to channel some semblance of defense to be competitive and have a shot at winning.
Utah is more than happy to get lured into a track given that offensive prowess but after their own consecutive losses expect Quin Snyder to have his squad dialed in to deliver a disciplined defensive focus right from the tip.
The 12 point spread is robust but I trust Utah to deliver a two-way effort more than I do Charlotte rediscovering their defense that went AWOL almost a month ago.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -12
NBA Free Prediction: Jazz 127 – Hornets 112 (Bet Now!)
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