What time does the Utah Jazz play the Toronto Raptors?
The suddenly red-hot Toronto Raptors (18-17) host the Utah Jazz (28-10) Friday at the Scotiabank Arena for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we look at the Jazz vs. Raptors odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
What are the Utah Jazz’s recent betting trends?
For critical betting trends, the Jazz are 3-8 ATS in their previous 11 performances. They are also 8-1 straight up in their past nine contests. Next, Utah is 1-6 ATS in the team’s last seven head-to-head matches versus Toronto. And, the Jazz are 5-12 SU in their previous 17 games against the Raptors.
What are the Raptors’ odds of winning the NBA championship?
Referencing ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Raptors have a 75.2% probability of winning. Meanwhile, in the Raptors’ unexpected 117-111 road win versus the Bucks on Wednesday, center Pascal Siakim led his team in scoring, amassing 33 points in 42 minutes spent on the court.
How good are the Toronto Raptors?
Over the past two weeks, the Raptors are 4-2 SU, 5-1 ATS and 6-0 O/U with the 10th-best adjusted net rating at plus-3.9 points per 100 possessions, per CTG.
PASS on the money line. It is not worth the money you would have to wager on the Jazz and it is hard to see the Raptors winning this one. Yes, they are 5-2 on the road but they’re 0-1 against teams from the Western Conference.
Against the spread
The Raptors are 6-9 ATS overall, have failed to cover the spread in five of their last six games and have not covered the spread in any of their losses this season. They could be short their top scorer with Anunoby possibly missing the game.
Toronto Raptors Preview
The Toronto Raptors have an interesting roster this season, as they have many exciting young players in their ranks. They won five consecutive games, but have won just once in their last six outings. They need a few positive results to get their campaign back on track.
Key Player – Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet has been at the top of his game this season. He has led the team brilliantly in the absence of Kyle Lowry. The 27-year-old is averaging 19.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 7.1 APG while shooting 43.6% from the field. He will hope to guide his team back to winning ways by putting up a big performance against the Utah Jazz on Thursday.
Toronto Raptors Predicted Lineup
G – Fred VanVleet; G – Gary Trent Jr.; F – OG Anunoby; F – Scottie Barnes; C – Pascal Siakam.
Utah Jazz Preview
The Utah Jazz started the season with a 7-1 record, but have now lost four of their last five games.
Key Player – Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. He has a pretty strong offensive armory, and has all the tricks required to beat defenders. The youngster started his campaign slowly, but is now looking at his best this season. He could be a key player for the Jazz against the Raptors on Thursday.
Utah Jazz Predicted Lineup
G – Mike Conley; G – Donovan Mitchell; F – Bojan Bogdanovic; F – Royce O’Neale; C – Rudy Gobert.
Raptors vs Jazz Match Prediction
With Pascal Siakam returning, the Raptors could be a tougher side to beat. They have been playing extremely well, with players like VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. stepping up. Beating Utah will be tough. But given the players in their roster, the Raptors could come up trumps on the night.
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Toronto Raptors Analysis
The Raptors are coming into this game with a 7-8 record overall and they are 5-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 5 of their last 6 games and are coming into this one on a 2 game losing streak after another loss in their last game.
Utah Jazz Analysis
The Jazz are coming into this game with a 9-5 record overall and they are 5-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a win in their last game which snapped the 2 game losing streak that they were on.
Raptors vs Jazz Prediction
The Jazz are coming into this game as a 9.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Raptors were playing well to start their season off but they have dropped off in their play since then and have started to play like the team they were thought to be coming into the season.
Toronto Raptors: P. Achiuwa (PF) Ques Thurs – Shoulder injury. C. Boucher (PF) Ques Thurs – Back injury. Y. Watanabe (SG) Out indefinitely – Calf injury.
“They made tough shots. We were playing hard. They’re making tough shots, but we were playing hard. That’s how it goes sometimes. They have good players on their team.” – OG Anunoby on their loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures.