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(18-19) Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors (27-11)
Date: Tuesday, January 1
Time: 7:30PM EST
Staples Center, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -3
NBA Betting Total: 212
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The NBA New Years day lineup features the Utah Jazz facing the Toronto Raptors for their second meeting of the regular season. Utah pounded the Knicks Saturday as they began a four game road trip while the Raptors bested the Bulls on Sunday.
Last season, the teams split the season series while the Raptors took the initial game of this campaign. The Jazz holds the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 27 of their 44 matches.
Four Jazz players recorded double-doubles in the trouncing of the Knicks while another two recorded double-digit scoring efforts.
Rudy Gobert led the way with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Dante Exum (13 points, 13 assists) Derrick Favors (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Thabo Sefolosha (10 points, 10 rebounds recorded the other double-doubles.
After getting out to a rough start on the season particularly on the defensive side of the ball Utah is back on track landing in the top five ranked teams and boasting the league’s best defense over the last 10 games.
Each of Jae Crowder (thumb injury) and Ricky Rubio (sore back and knee) missed the last game. Grayson Allen (sprained right ankle) hasn’t played in the last three games. The trio is all questionable for this contest.
Kawhi Leonard (27 points, 9 rebounds) and Pascal Siakam (20 points, 12 rebounds) stood out in the Raptors victory over the Bulls in a game where the Raptors struggled to find offense.
Injuries are taking a toll of the Raptors as they’ve lost 68 man games (already more than their total of 67 from last season).
Leonard and Kyle Lowry haven’t played together on the court in the past 10 and copious other core members have missed games due to injury or personal reasons.
Nick Nurse has been forced to use 13 different starting rotation iterations. This is making things difficult for Toronto to find cohesion in their once top ranked offense and it’s meant Nurse has to dig deep into the bench.
Lowry has missed seven or the last eight games with a combination of a thigh contusion and back injury and his status remains uncertain for Tuesday. Jonas Valanciunas (surgery for dislocated left thumb) is expected out until at least mid January.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 8-2 in last 10 head to head contests
- Raptors are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 6-4 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
It doesn’t sound like Lowry will return or I’d be far more open to picking the Raptors. Given how refs called the Raptors vs. Miami and Chicago it’s also likely they’ll allow another clutch and grab game similar to what the league was supposed to be moving away from.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz keep it close but Lowry is the key factor. Jazz ATS with info as of afternoon on Monday.
Raptors are 14-4 at home, but VanVleet, Green, Ibaka, and Siakam are all playing with nagging injuries and if Leonard can’t pick up whistles for obvious fouls it favors the Jazz.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 103 – 102
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