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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-5) Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets (10-12)
Date: Friday, February 5
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Time Warner Arena, Charlotte, NC.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz -310
NBA Betting Odds: Utah -7.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U OFF
The Jazz is in Atlanta on Thursday night and leads the Hawks at halftime, 45–37.
Three players are already in double-figures with Bojan Bogdanovic leading the way with 15. Donovan Mitchell has 10, as does Jordan Clarkson off the bench.
Mitchell is the big name of the three mentioned above but its the other two who deserve plenty of credit for the Jazz leading the Western Conference at the material moment.
Bogdanovic signed a four-year deal worth over $71 million kind of under the radar with the Jazz before last season.
He enjoyed a sensational first season in Utah, also a bit under the radar, averaging over 20 points per game on .548 effective field goal.
This season, he’s down around .514 eFG and his scoring average has dipped to under 15 per game.
He’s still a three-point marksman (better than 40 percent on nearly seven attempts per game), doing more of what he’s elite at and less at what he isn’t. Less dribble drives have turned him into a net negative assist-to-turnover guy (2.1 assists to 2.5 turnovers last year) to a net positive (2.0 to 1.4) this season.
Then there’s Clarkson, also in his second season with the club after a trade from Cleveland for Dante Exum last season. He signed a long-term extension with Utah, too, which has him inked through 2024 at a reasonable expense.
Unlike Bogdanovic, and perhaps because of Bojan’s slight dip in usage, Clarkson’s numbers have grown since a year ago.
He was fine in his first season with the Jazz but his eFG has improved this season to .571 and he’s averaging about another two points to his scoring average — about 17.5 per.
Those are big numbers from two guys who aren’t thought of as hugely significant in the NBA stratosphere by common fans. They are why Utah is as good as it is, however.
The Hornets’ three-game winning streak came to an end with their 118–111 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday but they did sneak in the backdoor to cover a fourth consecutive game.
Terry Rozier missed his second straight game with an ankle injury but he will be back on Friday.
PJ Washington didn’t play against Philly either and will remain out for this one.
Rozier’s return could send LaMelo Ball back to the bench after starting the first two games of his career.
Ball scored 22 against the 76ers but turned it over six times compared to just three assists. He’s been surprisingly good in the assist-to-turnover department as a rookie, however.
Rozier’s return gives Charlotte a chance to keep this one competitive. He can match, or at least challenge, Mitchell’s athleticism.
Devonte’ Graham might not be a bad match for Royce O’Neale, either. The Hornets may matchup with the Jazz better with all three of Rozier, Graham and Ball on the floor against Utah’s perimeter shooters.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games.
- Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Jazz are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Under is 8-2 in Jazz last 10 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Over is 9-4 in Jazz last 13 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction: Hornets.
It sure looks like Utah is on its way to another cover on Thursday night. It’s tough to bet against the Jazz at the moment but this is a spot where I will.
I’m optimistic about Charlotte competing with Utah with its guard play on the perimeter. Rozier and Graham especially should push Mitchell and O’Neale on the second night of a back-to-back.
Seven and a half points at home feels like the disciplined play.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte +7.5
NBA Free Prediction: Jazz 112 – Hornets 111 (Bet Now!)
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