The Utah Jazz visit the Pistons on Saturday night for a Little Caesars Arena event in Detroit. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m ET and the contest is competing with the National Football Conference Wild Card event in Dallas when the Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks. Competing in terms of viewership and interest. NBA Preview and Free Pick: Jazz -4 over Pistons.
The Pistons have lost 12 of their last 16 games. Detroit did register a 101-94 victory at Memphis on Wednesday to close out a disappointing road trip. Blake Griffin scored 26 points while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out seven assists as Detroit improved to 5-3 against Western Conference opponents. However, what appeared to be a favorable situation in their first game back home after being away for more than a week is yet another difficult assignment. The Jazz are playing the second-leg of a back-to-back but their victory by margin last night in Cleveland allowed them to limit the court minutes for the first and second rotations.
Utah played 13 players in their 117-91 win at Cleveland. All eight of the Jazz top two rotations scored in double-figures and head to Detroit energized.
Center Rudy Gobert is the trump card tonight for the Jazz. He can handle the paint against Pistons big Andre Drummond and All Star guard Donovan Mitchell is too much for Reggie Jackson and the Pistons backcourt.
The Jazz have won the last four meetings. and power forward Jae Crowder has found his role in the Utah offense. Crowder is averaging 23 points in 25.5 minutes over his last two games.
Detroit has a winning ATS mark as a home ‘dog but 80 percent of those covers came against the lesser of the Western Conference and the minor-league conference in the current NBA, the East.
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