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(20-8) Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz (18-12)
Date: Friday December 23
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart House Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: PK
NBA Betting Total: 200
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Friday night NBA sees an Eastern Conference contender traveling West to take on a team that has prove it’s a second-tier team in the Western Conference (FYI, second-tier is a compliment in a conference where the Golden State Warriors (and San Antonio Spurs) dominate the conversation when it comes to favorites).
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 22.
Few people are talking about the Raptors as a true contender in the Eastern Conference. Why is that? For starters, it’s the LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers show.
But the other reason we’re not talking about Toronto is because we’ve seen the Raptors look inconsistent throughout this first third of the NBA season.
Entering this contest, there’s little claim to any sort of current inconsistency. Toronto has won seven of its last eight games, with the only loss coming to an Atlanta Hawks team that simply outscored them in a 125-121 shootout.
If that stretch isn’t impressive enough for you, consider that this team has also won 12 out of its last 14, with the only other loss coming to the defending champions Cavaliers.
Against Utah, the offense is going to need to be efficient. On the year, the Raptors are third in the NBA in scoring.
They put up 112.3 points per night, led by DeMar DeRozan, who is posting 27.9 points per game.
The catch is that Utah’s defense is among the toughest in the league to score again, even though the Jazz don’t use brute force to earn that recognition.
This one will come down to how efficiently the Raptors can score the ball.
If few people are talking about the Raptors, absolutely nobody is talking about the Jazz. This is a team that is in the midst of a playoff drought, so it’s understandable that people are disregarding them until they make their return.
But like the Raptors, the Jazz are also rolling as of late.
It’s true that Utah has lost two straight, including one to the always interesting but never contending Sacramento Kings, but when you look at the recent stretch, this group has dropped just four total games in its last 15 outings.
Two of those losses came to the Golden State Wariors, so we’ll give them a pass and look it more as if they’ve lost just twice in their last 13 contests.
What’s most impressive about the Jazz is how they’re winning. Their offense is often anemic, scoring just 99.1 points per night.
That number is only good enough for 24th in a league of 30, which in today’s modern NBA should be a recipe for disaster.
Here’s the catch: Utah’s defense, which allows just 94.9 points per game, is the best in the Association.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Jazz are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Knowing what we know about these teams, it’s no surprise that the recent trends actually favor both franchises.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
This is a true battle between an unstoppable force and an immovable object, but with the Jazz having both home-court advantage and a defense that can slow down virtually anyone’s attack, we’ll give them the slight edge in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah Jazz 99 – Toronto Raptors 97
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