The Utah Jazz (26-28) welcome the Charlotte Hornets (23-31) to Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz are a 5-point favorite and will try to continue their seven-game winning streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 208.5 points and it gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz ATS Odds
In their last game, the Jazz were victorious over the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-88, while the Hornets were beaten by the Portland Trail Blazers, 109-103.
The Jazz knocked down 28 of their 33 free throws (84.8 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (above their season average of 20.1). Charlotte, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (9.4 vs. 14.6). Utah’s Ricky Rubio played well, recording 29 points and eight rebounds. Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker, who contributed 40 points.
Second-chance opportunities could be scarce for Utah in this showdown. The Jazz rank 25th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.2 percent), while Charlotte ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage (81.6 percent). Additionally, the Hornets rank third in turnover percentage (12.4 percent), while the Jazz rank fourth in opponents’ turnover percentage (15.4 percent).
Hornets games have gone over the total 49.1 percent of the time. Charlotte comes into the contest with records of 23-31 straight up (SU) and 21-28-4 against the spread (ATS).
It’s tough to find a trend for games involving the Jazz in regards to the projected point total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. Moreover, Utah is 26-28 SU and 29-25 ATS.
The Hornets’ Walker has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 28.0 points and 5.6 assists per game. Meanwhile, Rubio has averaged 21.0 points and 9.2 assists during that same time frame for the Jazz.
In their first matchup this season, Walker led the Hornets to a 99-88 win. He recorded 22 points and six assists. The two teams combined to score 187 points, which was well under the projected point total of 206.5, and Charlotte covered as a 5-point favorite. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Charlotte’s biggest strengths. They had 34 free throw attempts, while Utah had 23.
Charlotte Hornets at Utah Jazz Odds Pick
Free Pick: SU Winner – Jazz, ATS Winner – Jazz, O/U – Over
The Hornets are 26th in the league with 9.2 fast break points per game while the Jazz are 27th with 9.1 fast break points per game.
Utah ranks second in steals per game (9.1) while Charlotte ranks 26th (6.9).
The Hornets rank second in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.1) while the Jazz rank 18th (16.5).
Charlotte ranks ninth in second chance points per game (13.2) while Utah ranks 25th (10.6).
Utah ranks 12th in three pointers attempted per game (29.3) while Charlotte ranks 20th in three pointers allowed per game (29.7).
The Hornets rank third in rebounds per game (46.0) while the Jazz rank 23rd (41.4).
The Jazz rank 14th in blocks per game (4.8) while the Hornets rank 22nd in blocks allowed per game (5.1).
Utah ranks fourth in assists allowed per game (20.6) while Charlotte ranks 21st (23.7).
In games where they allow under 100 points, Utah is 15-4 and Charlotte is 8-3.
In games where they score above 100 points, the Jazz are 21-11 and the Hornets are 22-13.
Utah is 15-9 ATS at home, while Charlotte is 8-13-3 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 14 of the Jazz’s 24 home games, while 12 of the Hornets’ 24 road games have gone over.
In their last five games, Charlotte and Utah have both had 4 overs and 1 under.
The Jazz are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Hornets are 2-3.
During their last five games, the Jazz have scored an average of 120.6 points per game (17.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 100.8 points per game (1.3 below their season average).
The Hornets have outscored opponents by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Charlotte has been defeated by an average of 0.1 points.