Utah Jazz vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Preview, and Odds
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The Utah Jazz will travel to the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday evening to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a non-conference matchup. The Jazz are eighth in the West with a 17-15 record and are coming off a 123-97 road loss on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavaliers are third in the East with a 20-11 record and are riding a three-game winning streak after a 100-99 overtime home win against the Dallas Mavericks. This will be the first of two games against one another as they will also play on January 10 in Utah.
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The Utah Jazz have been doing decently well throughout the season and are coming off a 123-97 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz were able to shoot the ball decently well as they shot 39-of-86 (45.3 percent) overall, 16-of-47 (34 percent) from beyond the arc, and six free-throw attempts during the game. Power forward Lauri Markkanen led the team as in 28 minutes he finished with 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the game. Defensively, they struggled as they allowed 53.3 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 11 trips to the charity stripe. They were able to force 14 total turnovers with five steals and two blocks in the game as well.
The Markksman with 3 from distance in Milwaukee 🏹#PerformanceLeader | @UofUHealth pic.twitter.com/YBdPAwloZw
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 18, 2022
The Jazz have been doing an amazing job offensively this season; they are fourth in the sport with 117.2 points per game thus far and are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Also they are eighth in the league with 26.6 assists per game as well. On the defensive side of the court, they are 24th in the NBA with 116 points per game as well as allowing their opponents to shoot 47.5 percent from the field. They have been average as they are 16th in the league with 7.1 steals and 14th with 4.9 blocks per game.
Injury Report for Utah
Shooting guard Johnny Juzang: Wrist injury (OUT)
Point guard Collin Sexton: Hamstring injury (OUT)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been playing incredibly this season and are coming off a 100-99 overtime home win against the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavs struggled to shoot the ball as they shot 40-of-94 (42.6 percent) overall, 7-of-36 (19.4 percent) from beyond the arc, and 22 free-throw attempts during the game. Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell led the team as in 42 minutes he finished with 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and four turnovers in the game. Defensively, they held their own as they allowed 40.9 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 19 trips to the charity stripe. They were able to force 12 total turnovers with six steals and five blocks in the game as well.
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— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 18, 2022
The Cavs have been struggling offensively this season as they are 23rd in the sport with 110.5 points per game thus far and are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Also they are 23rd in the league with 23.4 assists per game as well. On the defensive side of the court, they are best in the NBA with 104.6 points per game allowed as well as allowing their opponents to shoot 45.5 percent from the field. They have been struggling as they are 28th in the league with 6.4 steals per game and 27th with 4.1 blocks per game.
Injury Report for Cleveland
Power forward Lamar Stevens: Knee injury (Questionable)
Small forward Dean Wade: Shoulder injury (OUT)
Shooting guard Dylan Windler: Ankle injury (OUT)
Point guard Ricky Rubio: Knee injury (OUT)
Full game side bet
The defenses as of late have shown a huge difference between these teams as the Jazz are giving up 117 points in their previous five games while the Cavaliers are allowing just 100.3 points in their last three games heading into this game. The ability to keep possession of the basketball is critical for obvious reasons and there is a difference there as well with Utah being 25th in the NBA averaging 15.3 turnovers per game while Cleveland is ninth with just 13.5 turnovers per game.
All in all, go with the Cleveland Cavaliers to cover the spread in their own building.
Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers -5.5
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Looking at the pace of play throughout the season so far for these teams, the Jazz are 11th with 100.1 possessions per 48 minutes while the Cavaliers are dead last with just 95.4 possessions per 48 minutes. These offenses as of late have been struggling to put too many points up as Utah is averaging 113.6 points in their last five games while Cleveland is scoring 107.7 points in their previous three games. The under has hit in four of the last five Utah Jazz games as well as in 13 of the previous 16 Cleveland Cavaliers games.
Go with the UNDER to hit.
Prediction: UNDER 223
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