Utah Jazz vs Toronto Raptors Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-1-2018




Utah Jazz (18-19) vs Toronto Raptors (27-11)

Date : 01/01/2019
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Utah Jazz vs Toronto Raptors

The Utah Jazz will visit Scotiabank Arena in  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to battle the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Jazz have won four of their last six games, overall; However, they had lost two of their last three games before picking up a win versus the dismal New York Knicks at home in their last outing as they allowed the visitors to shoot only 37% for the night while the home team connected on 55% of their shots from the field while also getting 25 points along with 16 rebounds from Rudy Gobert in the win. The over has been the play in 10 of the last 14 meetings amongst these two teams while the Jazz are only 1-4 against the spread in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.

 

Utah Jazz 's Latest Performance :

The Jazz will begin a four-game road trip versus the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night as they will certainly be looking to shore up their road record as of late as they are only 1-3 in their last four road games, overall. They recently ended a four-game homestand versus the New York Knicks in their last outing and were met with outstanding results as they were able to shoot very well from the floor while also outscoring the Knicks early and often en route to a blowout victory. As stated, Gobert picked up a double double off the bench while Dante Exum, filling in for Ricky Rubio, contributed 13 points along with a team-high 13 assists for Utah in the much-needed win. ”Guys that are willing to be unselfish want to make players around them better,” Exum said after his first career double-double. ”That’s something I try to do when I’m out on the court, get guys involved.”

Utah certainly outplayed the Knicks in every area of the game as they outrebounded the visitors 60-45 on the night while also racking up 30 assist in addition to forcing 15 turnovers for New York. Tim Hardaway Jr went 5-13 from the floor are leading the team with 18 points for the Knicks while Emmanuel Mudiay went 4-11 from the floor in ending with 13 points along with five assists. Again, the Jazz will certainly be looking to begin their road trip on a positive note with a win versus the Toronto Raptors in this contest on Tuesday night. Nonetheless, the Raptors have won three straight home games while are allowing teams to average just over 98 points per game during those outings.

 

Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :

The Toronto Raptors really rebounded from a disastrous road trip to where they lost two of three games as they were able to return home and get a victory over the inconsistent Chicago Bulls in their last time out. And while the Raptors certainly did not shoot well from the floor at 37% while also making good on just 9 of 33 3-point attempts on the night, the Bulls turned the ball over 16 times while only shooting 41% from the floor as Kawhi Leonard scored 12 of his 27 points to lead the team in the decisive with quarter in which to allow the Raptors to seal the victory late. Pascal Siakam also had 20 points along with 12 rebounds for the Raptors while Danny Green along with Fred Van Vleet each chipped in 10 points apiece.

Lauri Markkanen, on the other hand, led the Bulls in scoring with 18 points along with 10 rebounds as Zach LaVine would foul out with only 13 points on the night. Toronto will now focus on a Utah Jazz team in which they defeated by 13 points in November 5th as they will certainly like to continue their present momentum after getting back on the winning track. It would be important to keep in mind that the Raptors will go back on the road for a two-game set versus the San Antonio Spurs along with the Milwaukee Bucks after they matchup with the Jazz on Tuesday night. With that being the case, certainly look forward to them  having extra incentive in which to play well in preparation for those contests.

 

How Utah Jazz & Toronto Raptors Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Utah is 18 – 18 – 1 ATS while the OU is 18 – 19

Toronto is 16 – 22 ATS while the OU is 21 – 17

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

In all, one should certainly look for a very exciting and competitive game versus these two teams on Tuesday night. As stated, the Jazz will certainly want to begin their road trip on a positive note while the Toronto Raptors will look to remain sharp as they have upcoming matchups vs the Spurs along with the Bucks. With that being the case, expect both teams to push the ball in this matchup, particularly the Raptors, as they will be facing a Jazz team that has prevented from reaching the 100 point mark in two of their last three games, overall.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:Toronto Raptors

My reason for the pick :

I will back Toronto in this matchup as they have not only played well at home, but, the Jazz have not played so well away from Vivint Smart Home Arena lately, either. With that being the case, look for the  Raptors to continue their stellar streak of play while taking control of this game due to their ability to consistently push the ball throughout the duration. Of course, this will allow them opportunities within transition as well as  allow them to take advantage of opportunities at the free throw line as well.

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

 

The under has been the play in three of the last four road games for the Utah Jazz while also being the result in two of the last three home games for the Toronto Raptors. I certainly expect these trends to continue versus two defenses that have certainly risen to the occasion lately. In all, look for both teams to establish themselves on the defensive end of the floor early as they will be looking to attempt to neutralize offenses that have not exactly performed up to expectations lately, yet,  continue to be considered dangerous as they are each shooting well over 46% from the floor on a nightly basis.

Betting trends for Utah Jazz :

  • Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
    Under is 7-0 in Jazz last 7 games following a straight up win.
    Under is 8-0 in Jazz last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:

  • Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
    Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.