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2021 NBA Handicapping
(7-8) Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz (9-5)
Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptors | Jazz (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -9
NBA Betting Total: 213
Thursday, November 18th finds the Toronto Raptors visiting the Utah Jazz for the first meeting between the teams this season.
This is the second game of the Raptors’ six-game Western road trip that began in Portland with a loss to the Blazers. The Jazz last played Tuesday in a beatdown of the decimated 76ers.
Last season the clubs played twice with the Jazz winning both contests. The Jazz holds the all-time record with 29 wins in 49 matches.
Injuries have played havoc with the Raptors lineups as Nick Nurse tries to get his revamped younger roster learning on the fly while dealing with injuries.
As an example in the recent loss to the Blazers, the Raptors starters outscored Portland by 20 points (101 to 81) but the reserve unit was thumped 37 to 12.
Injuries are definitely impacting the learning curve as this squad integrates many new faces without the same depth as years past. Yuta Watanabe isn’t going to blow away opponents with Sixth Man scoring but his presence on the floor will improve the defense and he offers 3-point shooting.
Simply adding him to the equation will open up the floor for Svi Mykhailiuk, Chris Boucher, and Precious Achuiwa. Proving the point about injuries the latter two are out injured.
This team is likely to vacillate between winning and losing streaks particularly early as Nurse gets everyone on the same page and develops the offense.
Helping his cause Pascal Siakam is back and improving with each game. Through four games, he’s averaged 17 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, but in the last two games, his comfort is evident with his averages increasing to 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet have both taken steps as well although the latter is more obvious in terms of his leadership as he’s discovering filling the vacant shoes of Kyle Lowry is challenging, but a battle he’s up for.
Chris Boucher (back), Yuta Watanabe (calf), and Precious Achuiwa (shoulder) are all questionable.
To start this year the Jazz came out looking like they hadn’t missed a beat from recording the best record in the association last season. But after a rough week, they’ve lost four of six and are showing cracks in the foundation.
Although Utah completely dominated the Sixers it’s an unfair litmus test given the players who were out for Philly. It is definitely a positive sign, but add Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, and Danny Green to the mix and it’s possibly a very different outcome.
Despite the 35 point differential, some notable statistic stands out that opponents will look at more intently. Utah outrebounded the 76ers by 14 and hit 10 additional 3-pointers.
The key takeaway for opponents is to take care of the glass and defend the perimeter better and it gives your team a better chance to win the game.
Rudy Gay (heel) remains out with no definitive return date.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The Raptors are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Jazz are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Despite their recent record, the Jazz plays extremely well at home, and unless the Raptors get back several players to bolster their bench it’s a stretch to believe they’ll have enough manpower for the upset but I like them to keep it closer than nine points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +9
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