In this multi-conference battle, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places and on opposite trajectories are clashing, when the Atlanta Hawks (24-48), looking to end their current losing streak, are hosting the Utah Jazz (42-29), who on the other hand have been hot lately and want to extend their winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-21-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks +7
Atlanta Hawks have a 24-48 record (35-37 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Rockets with a 105-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.7 ppg, adding a team high 9.8 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.5 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.
Utah Jazz have a 42-29 record (38-31-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Knicks with a 137-116 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.6 ppg, adding 4 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.4 ppg and a team high 12.9 boards per game.
In their previous meetings earlier this season the Jazz won at home with a 128-112 score. Hawks have a 13-22 home record, while the Jazz are 19-16 on the road. Hawks are better offensively, scoring 112.3 ppg to Jazz’s 110.6, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 106.4 ppg to Hawks’ 118.6 ppg. Jazz have a better field goal percentage (46.3% to 45.2%) and both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35.2% to 35.1%). They are also very close in dimes made (25.7 to 25.6) and in boards grabbed (46.1 to 46), while Jazz are better in turnovers committed (14.7 to 17.2). Jazz are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road victory.
Utah Jazz vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Utah Jazz -7 (-111)
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