Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz

 

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Two Western Conference teams will face off against each other on Wednesday as the Dallas Mavericks travel to Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the Utah Jazz. Dallas enters this game with an 8-9 record after losing to Denver at home by four points in its last game while Utah enters this game with a 13-4 record after beating New York at home by 14 points in its last game. This game will start at 9:00 P.M. EST.

Mavericks Look To Get Back To .500

The Dallas Mavericks have continued to look like an underwhelming basketball team in the Western Conference as they have lost each of their last two games including a four-point home loss to the Denver Nuggets in their last game. In that game, Dallas’ defense was awful as it allowed 117 points while letting the opposition shoot 50.6% from the floor and 42.9% from the three-point line. Now, Dallas has a losing record once again as it will be looking to get back to .500 with a road game up next. Luckily, Dallas has a winning record on the road as it has looked surprisingly more comfortable in opposing arenas than it has at the American Airlines Center.

Leading the Mavericks offensively is point guard Luka Doncic who is averaging a team-high 27.3 points per game along with a team-high 9.8 rebounds per game. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 9.9 assists per game as he has been extremely unselfish with the basketball up to this point.

Following the loss to Denver, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle discussed how his team will need to play with better energy moving forward.

“When you have a great individual performance and the spirit of your team isn’t right, then it’s very likely you’ll be at a deficit.”

Utah Looks To Continue Its Winning Ways

The Utah Jazz have been on fire over the past few weeks as they have won each of their last nine games including a 14-point home victory against the New York Knicks in their last game. In that game, Utah’s defense was amazing as it only allowed 94 points while forcing the opposition into shooting just 30.0% from the floor in the second half. Now, Utah will be looking to extend its winning streak with another home game up next. Luckily, the Jazz have won each of their last five home games by at least 11 points as they have looked consistently dominated opposing teams at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Leading the Jazz offensively is guard Donovan Mitchell who is averaging a team-high 24.3 points per game along with 5.0 assists per game. In addition, he is shooting 84.1% from the free throw line as he has been able to put games away regularly from the charity stripe.

Utah’s most underrated player is guard Jordan Clarkson who is averaging 17.4 points per game along with 4.4 rebounds per game. In addition, he is shooting 40.9% from the three-point line as he has been extremely lethal from behind the arc up to this point.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Utah might be the better basketball team this season but it just played last night so I think that fatigue will play a serious factor for the Jazz in this contest. Dallas did not play yesterday and it has lost each of its last two games so I think that it should be very motivated for this contest. Plus, Dallas ranks third in the league in terms of turnover rate while Utah ranks 24th in the league in terms of turnover rate so I think that the Mavericks will be able to take advantage of those added possessions en route to a point spread cover.

Prediction:
Dallas Mavericks +4

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Both of these teams have been very underrated defensively this season so I think that this total is a bit too high. Utah ranks third in the league in terms of defensive efficiency while Dallas ranks tied for 17th in the league in terms of defensive efficiency so I expect both teams to put together solid defensive performances over these 48 minutes. Dallas also ranks tied for 23rd in the league in terms of pace while Utah ranks 21st in the league in terms of pace so I expect both teams to play offense within the halfcourt which will limit the amount of transition opportunities. As a result, I think that there is some value with the under.

Prediction:
Under 225

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:

Dallas has been struggling a bit lately but it has looked surprisingly better on the road than it has at home so I think that the Mavericks will be able to get off to a fast start over the first 24 minutes of this game. Utah had to play last night so I think that its level of focus might be a bit low for this contest as it will need to overcome fatigue against a fresher opponent. Plus, Utah has had an extremely easy schedule over the past week so I think that it will struggle with this opponent up next.

Prediction:
Dallas Mavericks 1H