The Utah Jazz (27-12; 20-18-1 ATS) head to Barclays Center on Tuesday night, looking for their 10th straight victory. They look completely unstoppable, losing just one of their previous 15 games overall, while the Jazz have covered the spread in nine of their previous ten outings. On the other side, the Brooklyn Nets (18-20; 18-20 ATS) have won two straight games after going 0-7 SU and ATS over their previous seven outings.
Utah meets Brooklyn for the second and last time this regular season. The Jazz defeated the Nets 119-114 as 6.5-point home favorites back in November. Utah has won nine of its previous 11 meetings with the Nets and four of the previous five encounters at Barclays Center.
The Jazz are without Mike Conley (hamstring), while Donovan Mitchell is questionable to play after missing the previous game due to illness. The Nets are coming in full strength, considering Kevin Durant (Achilles) doesn’t intend to play this season.
Utah opened as a 1-point fave with a total of 216.5 points. I suggest you to forget about the spread and take the money line odds. The Jazz are at -120 odds at the moment, while the Nets are +100 dogs.
What’s at Stake?
The Jazz bring their nine-game win streak to Brooklyn, but they shouldn’t be disappointed if their run ends here. The Nets are finally healthy and fired up to stay on the winning path.
It’s so tough to win 14 out of 15 in the Association, so I don’t like Utah’s spot a lot. The Jazz are on the road, coming off a 127-116 win at the Washington Wizards. On the other side, the Nets have won two straight contests over Miami 117-113 and Atlanta 108-86 and will try to wrap up a four-game homestand with another victory.
The Jazz will be quite shorthanded if Donovan Mitchell doesn’t suit up against the Nets. Mitchell dropped 30 points on the Nets in their previous duel of the season, while he’s averaging 24.2 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field. If Mitchell hits the sidelines once more, Bojan Bogdanovic (21.0 PPG, 41.5 3P%) and Joe Ingles (10.8 PPG, 4.6 APG) will shoulder Utah’s offense, while Rudy Gobert (14.8 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 1.9 BPG) will have a difficult matchup in the paint.
Jarrett Allen (11.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG) and DeAndre Jordan (8.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG) are both great defenders, and the Nets are second in the league in rebounds per game (48.9). Kyrie Irving has finally recovered from a shoulder injury, and he had 21 points against Atlanta, making 10 of his 11 field-goal attempts. Uncle Drew started alongside Spencer Dinwiddie (22.1 PPG, 6.4 APG) who’s been terrific in Kyrie’s absence.
Both Utah and Brooklyn rely on tough defense, so we’ll see who will do a better offensive job. Now, when Kyrie is back in action, the Nets are very dangerous. They score only 106.0 points per 100 possessions (25th in the league), but the Nets will improve a lot with Irving in the lineup, no doubt. On the other side, the Jazz tally 110.5 points per 100 possessions (12th) while making 47.0% of their field goals (6th) and 39.0% of their 3-pointers (1st).
I’ve been waiting for this game for a while. The Jazz are a good team, but 14 wins over the last 15 games are just ridiculous. Kyrie has returned, so I’m backing the Nets to win straight up. I would be extremely disappointed if Donovan Mitchell doesn’t suit up because that will mean the money line odds on the Nets won’t be so tempting. However, if you like to follow betting trends, the Jazz are 15-5 SU and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 meetings with the Nets and are 4-1 SU and ATS in their previous five visits to Brooklyn.
I would stick with the Nets to win and avoid betting on the totals. I’ve mentioned that both teams are very good defensively, but the Jazz like a slow tempo, while the Nets love to push the ball in transition and play at a fast pace. If Mitchell miss this clash, the Jazz will try to slow down the tempo as much as they can, and you can take the under in that case. I don’t expect to see a bunch of baskets, as Utah is 8th in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions (106.8), while Brooklyn is 10th (107.2).