Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/21/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Utah Jazz vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -5
Spectrum Center is the venue where Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets (13-18, 3rd in the Southeast Division) will take on the Utah Jazz (17-11, 2nd in the Northwest Division) on Saturday. Charlotte opens this contest as 5 point underdogs. The over/under opens at 211.
The Jazz are covering the spread 39.3% of the time, having gone 11-17-0 ATS. Charlotte is covering the spread 54.8% of the time, going 17-14-0 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/18/2019 Mike Conley PG Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 30
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/19/2019 Malik Monk SG Hip Game Time Decision
12/14/2019 P.J PF Finger Expected to be out until at least Dec 27
Bojan Bogdanovic comes into this contest averaging 21.0 points per game while playing 33.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 88%. Donovan Mitchell averages 25.4 points per game in 34.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.7 assists per contest and 4.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Terry Rozier averages 17.0 points per game while playing 33.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.6 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. Devonte' Graham averages 19.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.7 rebounds per contest and 7.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 107.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.0 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 45.9 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 4th with 16.3 per game. The Jazz allow 106.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 20.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte is 27th in the league with 104.5 points per game this year. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -6.0. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They are 24th in the league in rebounding with 43.2 boards per game, and 17th in assists per contest with 23.7. The Hornets are 16th in turnovers per game with 15.3. The Hornets surrender 110.5 points per contest, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 26th and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 30th with 27.2 assists allowed per contest and 17th with 45.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Hornets are 15th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.1 per game.
The Jazz are 22nd in the league in defensive rating with 105.8, and their offensive rating of 106.8 is ranked 10th. They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 100.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 16th in the NBA. Utah is 3rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 22nd in the NBA.
Charlotte is 10th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 4th in the league. The Hornets are 23rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.6, and their defensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 24th. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 24th. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 7th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Hornets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Utah -5
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