On Wednesday I was correct in my pick of the Hawks (-11) as they crushed the Pacers 110-91. Tonight I like the Brooklyn Nets-Utah Jazz match-up.
The Brooklyn Nets have lost 9 of their last 11 games. On Thursday they were smoked 123-84 at the Clippers. 6 of their last 9 losses have been by a margin of less than 10 points. They have been held under 100 points in 9 of their last 11 games. 4 of their last 6 opponents have scored 100 or more points. They are 10-11 on the road this season. They have won 2 of their last 3 road games. They are 6-9 versus Western Conference opponents. They are 25th in the league in points per game with 95.5, 21st in the league in rebounds per game with 42.1 per game, 22nd in the league in assists per game with 20.5 per game, and 10th in the league in points allowed with 98.4. Forward Joe Johnson leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game. Forward Kevin Garnett leads the team in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game. Guard Deron Williams leads the team in assists with 6.3 per game. Tonight is the final game of a 3 game Western Conference road trip. Their next game is Monday at home versus Portland. The Utah Jazz have dropped 5 of their last 7 games. On Thursday they notched a surprising 101-99 victory at Milwaukee. Their last 4 losses have been by a margin of 10 or more points. They have been held under 100 points in 6 of their last 8 games. They have held their opponents under 100 points in 6 of their last 8 games. They are 7-12 at home this season. They have lost 3 of their last 4 home games. They are 8-12 versus Eastern Conference opponents. They are 24th in the league in points per game with 95.5, 18th in the league in rebounds per game with 42.4 per game, 25th in the league in assists per game with 20.4 per game, and 13th in the league in points allowed with 99.1. Forward Gordon Hayward leads the team in scoring with 19 points per game. Forward/Center Derrick Favors leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game. Guard Trey Burke leads the team in assists with 5 per game. Tonight is the beginning of a 4 game home stand. Their next game is Monday at home versus Boston.
Brooklyn was victorious in both meetings with Utah last season. The Nets have won the last 3 meetings versus the Jazz. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time this season, March 8th at Brooklyn.
Nets vs Jazz Prediction
The Nets should be embarrassed about how they performed in their last game on Thursday against the Clippers. Meanwhile the Jazz had a rather surprising win at Milwaukee, but will it lead to positive momentum? I think this one will be close with the Nets and come down to the wire. Perhaps Deron Williams will have a strong game against his former club?
Take the Nets +4.5 (Bet365)