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(14-15) Utah Jazz vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (21-8)
Date: Saturday December 16th
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 210
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The Utah Jazz are looking for a road win, as they travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. Utah is one game under .500 this season, but beat the Celtics in their last game, 107-95. Cleveland is the best team in the east right now, and have won three straight. The Cavaliers recently beat the Lakers in Cleveland, 121-112. LeBron James had a triple double in the win.
The last time the Jazz and Cavaliers took the court against each other, was last season. The two teams split the two game season series, 1-1. Cleveland won the most recent matchup in March 16th, 91-83.
The Utah Jazz are coming off a solid win against the Celtics, improving their road record to 3-10. Utah got the 12 point road win on the strength of Ricky Rubio’s 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Highly touted rookie, Donovan Mitchell had 17 points, continuing his solid play for Utah.
Despite the win, the Jazz suffered a tough loss. Big man Rudy Gobert left the game after two minutes with an undisclosed injury. Without Gobert in the lineup the Jazz are going to find themselves vulnerable around the rim. He leads the team in rebounds (10.1) and blocks (2.4) per game this season.
If Gobert is out for an extended period, someone is going to have to step up. The Jazz are already a struggling team rebounding. Utah is averaging 40 rebounds per game this season. Take away Gobert’s rebounds, and the Jazz will be the worst rebounding team in the NBA.
Defensively, without potential defensive player of the year candidate, Utah is going to have a difficult time grabbing rebounds against Cleveland. The Jazz are allowing 100 points per game this year. Ranking the Jazz 4th in points allowed this season.
Utah’s Derek Favors was hurt as well against the Celtics last night. His status is unknown against Cleveland. Favors is averaging 12.3 and 6.7 rebounds per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the best team in the east right now. There was some reason to panic at the beginning of the season, but since then, Cleveland is playing like anticipated. The Cavaliers recently survived the Lakers at home, winning by nine points. Cleveland shot the ball well, making 50 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three in the win.
LeBron James is averaging nearly a triple double this season, and is again putting himself in the MVP conversation. In my opinion, he should be the frontrunner for the award right now. Cleveland has won 16 of their last 17 games. The only loss coming to Indiana by four points in that span.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are allowing 107.6 points per game this season. Ranking the Cavaliers 23rd in points allowed right now. Look for the Cavaliers to smother Rubio and force Mitchell and Hood to win the game of Utah.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in UTA last 9 road games.
- Over is 6-2 in UTA last 8 games as a road underdog.
- UTA are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Over is 9-2 in CLE last 11 vs. Western Conference.
- CLE are 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Utah is riding high after beating the Celtics on the road last night. The team will be playing on consecutive road night’s and will be without two key components in Gobert and Favors.
Cleveland has been light’s out. No team in the league has been better than Cleveland the last 17 games. Expect the Cavaliers to expose the Utah defensive in this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -8.5
Without Gobert and Favors in the lineup for Utah, the Jazz will be no match for the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Take the Cavaliers to cover for the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 113 – Jazz 101
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