Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic - 1/4/20 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -2.5
Bojan Bogdanovic and the Utah Jazz (22-12, 2nd in the Northwest Division) travel to Amway Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Orlando Magic (15-19, 2nd in the Southeast Division). Orlando opens this contest as 2.5 point dogs. The over/under is set at 222.
The Jazz cover the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 17-17-0 ATS. Orlando is covering the spread 43.8% of the time, going 14-18-2 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/18/19 PG Mike Conley Hamstring is out indefinitely
Key Orlando Magic Injuries
12/01/19 SF Al-Farouq Aminu Knee is out indefinitely
01/03/20 PG Michael Carter-Williams Shoulder is out indefinitely
01/02/20 PF Jonathan Isaac Knee is out indefinitely
01/01/20 PF Aaron Gordon Achilles is questionable Friday vs Miami
Donovan Mitchell averages 24.9 points per game in 35.0 minutes per contest. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. Bojan Bogdanovic comes into this contest averaging 20.7 points per game while playing 33.7 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is at 89%.
Evan Fournier averages 19.4 points per game and he sees the court an average of 31.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.7 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 80%. Markelle Fultz averages 11.3 points per game while playing 26.2 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.0 rebounds per game and has 4.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Jazz allow 105.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 6th and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.9 rebounds a game which ranks 8th, and they give up 20.4 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league. Utah averages 107.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 45.5 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per contest, which ranks them 15th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 4th with 16.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Magic surrender 104.6 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 15th and 22nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 23.5 assists allowed per contest, and 20th with 46.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Magic are 19th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per game. Orlando is 30th in the league with 103.4 points per game this year. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -1.2. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They are 19th in the league in rebounding with 44.4 boards per game and 22nd in assists per contest with 22.8. The Magic are 30th in turnovers per game with 12.8.
The Jazz are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 106, and their offensive rating of 108.3 is ranked 8th. They are 17th in the NBA in pace with 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Utah is 3rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Orlando is 29th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 14th in the league. The Magic are 25th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.4, and their defensive rating of 106.7 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 29th. As a team they are 29th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 24th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Magic NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Utah -2.5
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