The NBA brings more action on Friday night as the Utah Jazz will clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Jazz is heading into this game after a 122-116 against Toronto. On the other side, the Cavaliers lost at home in the game against the Heat with a score of 117-92.
Utah Jazz Form
The Jazz has lost their last game against the superior Raptors team. They still have a chance for a playoff spot but they have the Lakers and the Spurs in front of them.
Utah did not have a chance to win the game in Toronto as they were outscored with 44-32 in the final quarter.
However, Jae Crowder surprised many as he scored 30 points in the loss which is his new career record.
On the offensive side of the game, the Jazz has an average of 107.7 points per game. Therefore this record is good enough only for the 2nd spot in the league in scoring. Moreover, the Jazz has an average of 44.2 boards per game combined with 24.8 assists per night. Utah has a three points success average of 34.3 per cent.
On the defensive side of the game, Utah is conceding an average of 106.1 points per game. Therefore, this record is good enough for the solid 7th spot in the league in scoring defence.
As I predicted, the Cavaliers were demolished at home by Miami Heat. Also, they have now suffered 7 defeats in a row and the red alert should be turned on in Cleveland. Moreover, they are now on the bottom spot in the Eastern Conference.
On a positive note, Tristan Thompson had his comeback in this game after being on the sidelines for the last 3 weeks. However, his achievement was average as he scored 14 points in the defeat.
On the offensive side of the game, the Cavaliers are on the 28th spot in the league in scoring. Their average stands at 102 points per game. Moreover, they have 43 boards per game combined with 20 assists per night.
On scoring defence, the Cavaliers are the on the 20th spot in the league as they concede an average of 111.4 points per game.
Kevin Love is their main man this season as he has an average of 19 points per game. However, he will be out till the end of the month due to surgery to the big toe.
The Jazz tried their best in Toronto. But, this year the Raptors are on another level.
Nevertheless, the Jazz showed their potential and I think what it needs to beat the Cavaliers here.
They are facing a team that is in crisis. Will the Cavaliers stop the bad run? They probably will, but not in this game.
Take the Jazz in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Utah Jazz vs. Cleveland Cavaliers on 1/4/2019
is: Take the Utah Jazz -385 (money line)
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