Two teams fighting for the 8th and final playoff spot of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Utah Jazz (37-30), who entered the top-8 of the West but are tied with three more teams, are hosting the Detroit Pistons (30-36), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak in order to keep in touch with the final playoff place of the East. Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-13-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -8.5
Jazz have a 37-30 record (36-31-0 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with three more teams in the 7th place of the West. They have six consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 116-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 19.8 ppg, while Rudy Gobert adds 13.5 ppg and a team high 10.6 rebounds per game. The newcomer Jae Crowder adds 12.8 ppg.
Pistons have a 30-36 record (29-35-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning at home against the Bulls with a 99-83 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 20.2 ppg, adding 6.8 rebounds and a team high 5.8 assists per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 14.9 ppg, adding team highs in rebounding with 15.8 per game, in steals with 1.6 per game and in blocked shots with 1.6 per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Jazz won on the road in overtime with a 95-98 score. Jazz are 21-11 at home so far this season, while Pistons are 9-22 on the road. Pistons are better offensively, scoring 103.1 ppg to Jazz’s 102.8, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 100.3 ppg to Pistons’ 104.1. Jazz have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.69% to Pistons’ 44.8%, while Pistons have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.05% to Jazz’s 36.88%. Pistons are better both in rebounding (43.4 to 42.7) and in assists made (22.6 to 21.6). Jazz are red-hot and in desperate need for a win that will help them secure the highest possible placement. Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -8.5 (-108)
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Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz Spread and Prediction