Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions, NBA Expert Picks 3/2/2020
Game: Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -7.5
Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz (37-22, 2nd in the Northwest Division) travel to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-43, 5th in the Central Division). The odds on this contest have Utah as 7.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 219.
The Jazz cover the spread 49.1% of the time, having gone 28-29-2 ATS. Cleveland is covering the spread 46.6% of the time, going 27-31-2 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
02/29/20 SF Alfonzo McKinnie Plantar Fasciitis is questionable Monday vs Utah
02/29/20 C Tristan Thompson Knee is questionable Monday vs Utah
02/26/20 PG Dante Exum Ankle is out indefinitely
01/13/20 SG Dylan Windler Leg is out for season
Donovan Mitchell comes into this contest averaging 24.8 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 85%. Rudy Gobert averages 15.3 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 14.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 69% for the year while his free throw percentage is 62%.
Kevin Love averages 17.3 points per game while playing 31.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 9.6 rebounds per game and has 3.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. Collin Sexton averages 20.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 111.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 45.6 rebounds per game and 22.0 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 15.0 per game. The Jazz allow 108.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.0 assists per contest, which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 12.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland is 26th in the league with 106.5 points per game this year. They are 19th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -8.2. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 20th in the NBA. They are 20th in the league in rebounding with 44.3 boards per game, and 25th in assists per contest with 22.7. The Cavaliers are 1st in turnovers per game with 16.6. The Cavaliers surrender 114.7 points per contest, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 30th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 29th with 26.4 assists allowed per contest and 5th with 42.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Cavaliers are 5th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.8 per game.
The Jazz are 9th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.4, and their defensive rating of 109.3 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 21st in the league with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 2nd. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league. Utah is 6th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 23rd in the league.
Cleveland is 1st in the league 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 56%, which is 1st in the NBA. The Cavaliers are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 115.3, and their offensive rating of 107 is ranked 29th. They are 20th in the NBA in pace with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 22nd. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 19th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Cavaliers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Utah -7.5
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