Cleveland Cavaliers at Utah Jazz NBA Picks & Predictions 12/30/2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Vivint Smart Home Arena
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Vivint Smart Home Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland as 3 point favorites.
The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 24-11. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.9 as they are averaging 110.3 points per game while giving up 107.4 per contest. The Jazz have an overall mark of 15-21. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 101.1 points per contest and giving up 101.6, which is a point differential of -0.5.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 11-23-1 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 17-17-1 against the over/under
Important Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 18-18-0 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 17-18-1 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/21/17 PG Isaiah Thomas Hip is out indefinitely
11/30/17 G Iman Shumpert Knee is out indefinitely
11/17/17 PG Derrick Rose Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/26/17 PG Raul Neto Concussion is out indefinitely
12/16/17 C Rudy Gobert Ankle is out indefinitely
10/06/17 PG Dante Exum Shoulder is out indefinitely
Lebron James comes into this contest averaging 27.8 points per game while playing 37.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 8.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 9.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 56% while his free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Kevin Love averages 20.2 points per game in 29.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 10.2 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Rodney Hood averages 17.7 points per game while playing 28.7 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 2.7 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. Donovan Mitchell averages 17.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.2 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.94 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 41.7 rebounds per game and 23.6 assists per game, which ranks them 21st and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.4 per game. The Cavaliers allow 107.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 26th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.8 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 25.5 assists per contest, which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 25th in the league with 101.1 points per game this year. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -0.44. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 8th in the NBA. They are 26th in the league in rebounding with 40.4 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 21.1. The Jazz are 16th in turnovers per game with 14.5. The Jazz surrender 101.6 points per contest, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 18th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 19.9 assists allowed per contest and 20th with 43.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 23rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.6 per game this season.
The Cavaliers are 3rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.9, and their defensive rating of 110.9 is ranked 4th. In terms of pace they are 17th in the league with 96.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 56% is 4th. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league. Cleveland is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 4th in the league.
Utah is 12th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 14th in the NBA. The Jazz are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 106.8, and their offensive rating of 106.3 is ranked 19th. They are 26th in the NBA in pace with 94.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 16th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Utah +3
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