I was incorrect in my 1st NBA pick (on this site) last week as the Heat (+1.5) were downed by the Hornets 96-89. Tonight I like the Jazz-Hawks match-up.
The Utah Jazz play the 3rd game of their 5 game Eastern Conference trip at the Atlanta Hawks tonight. On Monday the Jazz were defeated at Indiana 97-86. Small forward Gordon Hayward led the team in scoring with 30 points on 11 of 15 shooting in 36 minutes. He was 6 of 6 free throw line. He also pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Center Enes Kanter scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Power forward Derrick Favors netted 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting in 35 minutes of action. He had 8 rebounds. The team shot 43.2% from the field, 28.6% from the 3 point line (6-21), and 76.2% from the free throw line (16-21). The Jazz were out-rebounded 44-37. The team was only down 3 headed to the 4th quarter but were outscored 25-17 in the final period. Through 8 games Hayward is leading the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game and assists per game with 5.1 assists. Favors is leading in rebounds with 8.4 board per game. The Jazz are 19th in the league in points per game with 97.6 and 24th in the league in points allowed per game with 102.5. They are 1-3 on the road this season. They are 1-1 on their current Eastern Conference road trip. The Atlanta Hawks arrive for tonight’s game on a 2 game winning streak. On Monday they were victorious at New York 91-85. Power forward Paul Millsap led the team with 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting in 34 minutes. He also had 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Shooting guard Kyle Korver netted 17 points on 4 of 13 shooting in 33 minutes. He was 3 of 9 from the 3 point line and 6 of 6 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Dennise Schroder chipped in with 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 28 minutes. Center Al Horford had 12 points and 6 rebounds. The team shot 38% from the field, 37% from the 3 point line (10-27), and 96.4% from the free throw line (27-28). The team had 7 steals in the game. The Hawks only scored 38 points in the 1st half but they scored 53 points in the 2nd half. They’ve held their opponents under 100 points in 4 of their 6 games. Through 6 games Korver is leading the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game. Horford is leading in rebounding with 7.7 board per game. Jeff Teague is leading the team in assists with 7.8 assists per game. The Hawks are 14th in the league in scoring with 101.5 points per game and 18th in the league in points allowed per game with 99.7 points per game. They are 2-0 at home this season. Including tonight the team plays 8 of their next 10 games at home.
Last season Atlanta was 2-0 versus Utah. The Hawks have won the last 6 meetings between the 2 teams.
Jazz vs Hawks Prediction
I think if Hayward has another good game for the Jazz they’ll hang around the whole game.
Take the Jazz +7.5