The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-43) will be at home in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse when they challenge the Utah Jazz (37-22). Utah opened as an 8.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 219 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2020.
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The Jazz defeated the Washington Wizards in their last outing, 129-119, resulting in a push. Donovan Mitchell was Utah’s high scorer with 30 points on 9-for-21 shooting. Utah played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.247 (above their season average of 0.209) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.9 (above their season average of 21.1). For those same stats, Washington recorded marks of 0.153 and 25.0, respectively. The two teams combined to score 248 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 232.
The last time the Cavaliers took the court, they were defeated by the Indiana Pacers, 113-104. Andre Drummond was Cleveland’s leading scorer with 27 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Indiana held the Cavaliers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below their season average of 24.6). Cleveland, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (17-20; 85.0 percent). The two clubs combined to score 217 points, which came in just over the O/U total of 215.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Jazz won both contests played against each other last season. In the most recent matchup, Utah won 115-99. The Jazz’s offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over the Cavaliers. Utah had a rate of 20.5, while Cleveland posted a mark of 13.0.
Of Utah’s 59 games, 31 have finished over the projected point total, while 32 of Cleveland’s 60 games have finished over the projected point total. The Jazz have the clear advantage straight up (SU) (37-22 vs. 17-43), but both teams have comparable against the spread (ATS) records. Utah is 27-29-3 ATS, while Cleveland is 27-30-3 ATS.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Cavaliers rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (24.5 percent), while Utah ranks fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.5 percent). Also, the Jazz rank second in effective field goal percentage (0.550), whereas the bottom-tier defense of the Cavaliers ranks 30th with an effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.559.
Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Jazz, ATS Winner – Jazz, O/U – Over
The Jazz rank 16th in steals allowed per game (7.9) while the Cavaliers rank 28th (9.4).
Utah ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (11.9) while Cleveland ranks 10th (12.6).
Utah ranks 18th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.1) while Cleveland ranks 29th (20.1).
Utah allows the fourth-fewest rebounds per game (42.6) while Cleveland ranks fifth (42.8).
Cleveland is 12-18-2 ATS at home, while Utah is 14-14-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 15 of the Jazz’s 29 road games, while 17 of the Cavaliers’ 32 home games have gone over.
Utah is 12-2 when they allow below 100 points, while Cleveland is 5-3.
In games where they score more than 100 points, the Cavaliers are 16-30 and the Jazz are 36-16.
The Jazz rank third in three pointers allowed per game (31.5) while the Cavaliers rank 10th (33.0).
Utah ranks first in assists allowed per game (21.0) while Cleveland ranks 28th (26.4).
The Jazz rank seventh in points allowed in the paint per game (46.1) while the Cavaliers rank 29th (54.0).
The Jazz are 27th in the NBA with 10.7 fast break points per game while the Cavaliers are 28th with 10.4 fast break points per game.
Utah ranks 11th in blocks allowed per game (4.7) while Cleveland ranks 29th (6.4).
Cleveland is 3-1-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Utah is 0-4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 8.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jazz have scored an average of 111.4 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 119.4 points per game (11.2 above their season average).