The Charlotte Hornets visit the Utah Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday night.
The Hornets have struggled to find consistency this season. After a six-game losing streak, Charlotte won back to back games before suffering a pair of setbacks to the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. On the other hand, the Jazz are winning right now. Utah has won 12 out of their last 13 games played and are unbeaten in their last seven outings.
Off The Playoff Pace
Charlotte has lost two out of its last three games and eight of ten overall. The Hornets are three games off the playoff pace in the Eastern Conference and if they want to climb back in the picture, they need to start winning games. The Hornets will be without Marvin Williams in this game as he is listed with a nose injury.
Terry Rozier has scored at least 27 points in his last four games played. Rozier shot 11-24 and scored 27 points in their first meeting against the Jazz. Since that game, Rozier has averaged 22.4 points per game which is much higher than his season average of 18.3 points per game.
The Hornets are coming off a close defeat to the Toronto Raptors in overtime. Charlotte rallied from an early double-digit deficit and even led by 10 in the fourth period before losing the game. Rozier missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. Miles Bridges 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds while P.J. Washington posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
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Longest Active Winning Streak
The Utah Jazz are playing beautiful music right now. The Jazz have won seven straight games heading to this contest and they have won nine out of their last 10 games played. Utah is currently in fifth place in the Western Conference but are only five games behind the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.
Utah defeated Charlotte 114-107 in their first meeting of the year behind 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic and 19 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. Bogdanovic is having a career season in his first season with the Jazz as he is posting 20.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this year. He is coming off a 20 point effort in their last game against the New York Knicks.
The Jazz have won 12 out of their last 13 games played after losing six out of eight games between Thanksgiving to the first week of December. Coach Quinn Snyder has gotten the best not just out of stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert but also from Bogdanovic and Emmanuel Mudiay who scored a season-high 20 points last Wednesday.
Charlotte is 2-8 SU in their last 10 games played. The Hornets are 8-12 SU in 20 road games played this season, and 6-12 SU in their last 18 games against the Western Conference. Utah is 7-0 SU in their last seven games played and the Jazz are 5-0 SU in their last five games played on the road. Head to head, the Jazz are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played against the Hornets. Utah is 12-0 SU in their last 12 home games played against the Hornets.
The Hornets have lost eight out of their last 10 games played and head to Utah coming off back to back losses to above .600 teams in the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. Charlotte defeated Dallas by three points last January 4th but they up against a Jazz team playing beautiful music right now.
The Jazz have won seven games in a row which is the current longest active winning streak in the Western Conference. Utah has lost just three times at the Smart Vivint Home Center so far this season against 14 wins. Bojan Bogdanovic’s addition has given the team an extra 20+ points per game this season.
Charlotte is 8-12 SU on the road this season. Terry Rozier has scored at least 27 points in his last four games played but despite his latest heroics, the Hornets lost to the Raptors in OT. Donovan Mitchell is clicking on offense while Rudy Gobert has ruled the paint. I like the Jazz to roll to another win here at the expense of the struggling Hornets.
Prediction: Utah Jazz
Other Bets to Make
Charlotte is 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games played. The Hornets are 3-2 ATS in their last five road games, and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games played against the Northwest Division. Utah is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games played. The Jazz are 3-0 ATS in their last three games played at home, and 5-0 ATS in their last five games played against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Hornets are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Jazz.
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The Jazz have outscored the Hornets by an average of 8.0 points per game in their last three meetings and Utah defeated Charlotte by seven points on the road in their first meeting of the year. The Jazz have won four out of their last six games by at least 13 points and they are playing well right now. I like the Jazz to win comfortably at home and cover the spread here.
Prediction: Utah Jazz -12.5
The total has gone over in five out of the last six games played by the Hornets. Charlotte has seen the total go over in four out of their last five games played on the road. The total has gone over in four out of the last seven games played by the Jazz. The over is 4-2 in Utah’s last six games played against the Eastern Conference, and the over is 4-2 in their last six January games.
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The Hornets and Jazz are two low-scoring teams this season but they have combined to score an average of 221.33 points per game in their last three meetings. Charlotte has gone over the 212.5 total in five out of their last six games while giving up an average of 113.17 points per game in their last six assignments. The Jazz meanwhile have scored at least 120 points in four out of their last seven games including the last two. I’ll go with the trends here and pick the over.
Prediction: Over 212.5