The Orlando Magic (16-19) will be at home in the Amway Center when they clash against the Utah Jazz (22-12). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
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The last time the Jazz played, they were victorious over the Chicago Bulls, 102-98, covering as 3.5-point favorites. With 17 points and 12 rebounds, Rudy Gobert had a solid game for Utah. The Jazz made 17 of their 22 free throws (77.3 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.559 (above their season average of 0.538). The two teams combined to put up 200 points, which came in under the O/U total of 209.
The Magic hope to keep it rolling after blowing out the Miami Heat in their last contest, 105-85, as 3.5-point underdogs. Orlando rallied around Nikola Vucevic, who had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Orlando dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 11.1) and a free throw rate of 0.321 (above their season average of 0.190). For those same stats, Miami put up marks of 16.6 and 0.225, respectively. Combined, the two clubs scored 190 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 217.5.
These two teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to score 211 points, just over the projected point total of 206.5. The Jazz won 109-102, covering as 7-point favorites. Utah out-rebounded Orlando. The Jazz had 10 offensive rebounds and 58 total rebounds, while the Magic had four and 41, respectively. Bojan Bogdanovic had a stellar game, with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Of Utah’s 34 games, 18 have finished under the projected point total, while 17 of Orlando’s 34 games have finished over the O/U total. The Jazz have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (22-12 vs. 16-19) and a slight edge against the spread (ATS) (15-17-2 vs. 14-16-4).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the league’s slowest-paced teams face off. Orlando ranks 28th in possessions per game (99.9) and Utah is 25th (100.8). Moreover, the Jazz rank third in opponents’ effective field goal percentage (0.498), while the Magic rank 29th in effective field goal percentage (0.490).
Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic Betting Prediction
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Magic, ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Under
The Magic rank 19th in fast break points per game (12.4) while the Jazz rank 27th (10.5).
Utah ranks fifth in three pointers allowed per game (31.6) while Orlando ranks 11th (33.1).
Utah ranks first in assists allowed per game (20.4) while Orlando ranks ninth (23.3).
Orlando ranks 25th in second chance points per game (12.1) while Utah ranks 29th (10.6).
On the road, Utah is 8-9-1 ATS with 11 unders and 7 overs.
Orlando is 6-9-2 ATS at home with 10 unders and 7 overs.
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Orlando is 9-3 and Utah is 8-1.
When reaching the century mark, the Magic are 12-9 and the Jazz are 21-7.
The Jazz average 45.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 15th in the league. The Magic rank 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (46.4).
Orlando ranks third in steals per game (8.6) while Utah ranks 28th (6.0).
The Magic rank third in blocks per game (6.5) while the Jazz rank 25th (4.1).
The Jazz rank 21st in points in the paint per game (46.2) while the Magic rank 26th (44.1).
Orlando ranks first in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.1) while Utah ranks 21st (17.9).
Orlando is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Utah is 5-0 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Magic have outscored opponents by an average of 4.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Orlando has lost by an average of 0.6 points.
During their last five games, the Jazz have scored an average of 110.2 points per game (2.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 101.6 points per game (4.0 below their season average).