At 9:30 ET, the Utah Jazz (-140) will host the Toronto Raptors (+117) in a non-conference matchup. The over/under line for this game is set at 238.5 points.

Utah comes into this game with a 19-20 record and is favored by 2.5 points. The Jazz have won three straight games and are currently 11th in the Western Conference. Toronto is 12th in the East and has lost two in a row.

TORONTO RAPTORS VS UTAH JAZZ BETTING PICK

The Pick: Toronto Raptors +2.5

This game will be played at Delta Center at 9:30 ET on Friday, January 12th.

WHY BET THE TORONTO RAPTORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-108 in favor of the Raptors.
  • Our projections have Pascal Siakam finishing with Pascal Siakam points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Raptors finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.6% and knocking down 12 threes.

Will the Raptors Defense Show Up in Salt Lake City?

So far this season, the Raptors have an overall record of 15-23 and are 12th in the Eastern Conference. In non-conference games, they are 6-6 compared to 9-9 at home and 6-14 on the road.

As for their ATS record, the Raptors have gone 20-18 this season, including an ATS win in their last three games. Today, they are 2.5-point underdogs, and their ATS record as underdogs is 13-10.

Against the over/under, the Raptors have gone 22-15-1 this season. The over has hit in each of their last four games. This year, 34 of their 38 games have had lower O/U lines than 238.5.

In their last game, the Raptors lost to the Clippers by a score of 126-120. They were 11.5-point underdogs going into the game, giving them an ATS win. The game’s over/under line was 233.

The Raptors’ O/U record for the season is 22-15-1. In their last game, the over hit, with a combined total of 246 points.

Heading into their matchup against the Jazz, the Raptors are averaging 115.6 points per game, which is 14th in the NBA. However, they have been much better on the road, scoring 117.7 points per game compared to 113.2 at home.

When it comes to pace, Toronto is 17th in the league with 98.9 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th overall at 48%.

One area where the Raptors have excelled is in two-point shooting. They are 7th in the NBA in two-point shooting percentage at 55%. However, they are just 21st in three-point shooting at 35%.

At present, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 17th, allowing 116.4 points per game. For the season, Toronto is ranked 27th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.7 free-throws per game vs. the Raptors and have an overall field goal percentage of 48.6%.

Can Utah Grab a Win at Home?

The Jazz are 19-20 overall and are currently 11th in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 8-5 compared to 11-15 against other Western Conference teams.

At home, the Jazz are 12-5 straight up and have won six straight games. They are also 13-4 ATS at home. When playing at home, they have an average scoring differential of +5.9 PPG.

Despite being the favorite in just six of their 39 games, the Jazz have a record of 5-1 in those matchups. Their average scoring differential as the favorite is +7.8 PPG. Against the spread, they are 4-2 as the favorite and have covered in three straight games.

Utah’s O/U record for the season is 20-18-1, and 29 of their games have had lower over/under lines than 238.5. The team’s games this season have averaged 233.7 PPG.

In their last game, the Jazz were 6.5-point underdogs but won by 13 (124-111) vs. the Nuggets. The game’s over/under line was 239, and the teams combined for 235 points.

At home, the Jazz have been one of the best offensive teams in the league, ranking 6th in scoring at 121.4 points per game. Overall, they are 16th in the NBA in scoring at 115.3 points per game. Coming into this game, they have outscored their scoring average in three straight games.

Utah has been a good three-point shooting team this season, ranking 12th in made threes at 13.1 per game. However, they are just 26th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. Overall, they are 22nd in field goal percentage at 46%.

When it comes to pace, the Jazz are 11th in the NBA at 99.9 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 7th in the league with an average of 27.8 per game.

Looking at the Jazz defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 118.5 points per game (23rd). On two point field goal attempts, the Jazz’s defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.0% and allowing 37.3% from beyond the arc.