Two teams from opposing conferences with the same number of losses so far this season are clashing, when the Charlotte Hornets (15-24), who want to return to the winning ways, are hosting the Utah Jazz (17-24), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 01-12-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets -4
Hornets have a 15-24 record (16-20-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Mavericks with a 111-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 21.8 ppg, adding a team high 5.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 15.6 ppg and a team high 12.1 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 14.4 ppg.
Jazz have a 17-24 record (21-20-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Wizards with a 107-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 18.4 ppg, while Rodney Hood adds 16.5 ppg. Derrick Favors follows with 12.5 ppg and 6.8 rebounds per game.
In their two meetings last season, each team managed to win at home (Jazz by 7 points and Hornets by 6 points). Hornets are 10-11 at home so far this season, while Jazz are 4-17 on the road. Hornets are better offensively, scoring 105.2 ppg to Jazz’s 101, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 101.8 ppg to Hornets’ 106.2. Jazz have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 44.9% to Hornets’ third-worse of 44.1% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.7% to Hornets’ 35.4%. Hornets on the other hand are better in rebounding, grabbing a third-best 46.4 to Jazz’s 40.7 and they are better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 14.3), while Jazz are slightly better in assists made (21.2 to 20.8). Jazz have been one of the weakest road teams in the league throughout the season and Vegas odds give Hornets a -4 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Utah Jazz vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -4 (-110)
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