Atlanta Hawks vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 1/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+6.5)
The Utah Jazz (7-4) play the Atlanta Hawks (5-5) at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday. The odds on this contest have Utah as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 222.5.
The Atlanta Hawks took the court against the Philadelphia 76ers and earned the victory with a final of 112-94 in their last contest. Atlanta ended the game having earned a 37.4% field goal percentage (37 out of 99) and buried 17 of their 44 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Hawks made 21 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 58 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 20 dimes in this matchup while having 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Atlanta let their opponent shoot 40.2% from the field on 37 out of 92 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 20 dimes and had 2 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the 76ers grabbed 50 boards (9 offensive, 41 defensive) and added 12 rejections. Philadelphia walked away from this one shooting 92.3% at the free throw line by burying 12 of their 13 tries. They also knocked down 8 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Trae Young is a guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He was able to score 26 points on 9 of 19 shooting. He played 25:29 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. Young ended up shooting 47.4% from the field and also totaled 8 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Hawks was De'Andre Hunter. He pulled down 7 boards and earned 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field for the contest via 4-of-8 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Hunter played for 22:59 min.
Atlanta heads into this contest with a record of 5-5 for the season. The Hawks are hitting 35.9% on 3-point shots (140 of 390) and 81.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 113.9 pts per game (10th in the NBA) while hitting 43.7% from the field. They are turning it over 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 21.1 fouls every game. As a team, Atlanta is collecting 49.7 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 244 dimes for the year, which is 22nd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Hawks are forcing 12.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.6 personal fouls. They currently rank 4th in basketball in allowing assists with 227 relinquished for the season. The Hawks are giving up a FG percentage of 44.2% (124 of 206) and they surrender 44.7 boards per contest as a group. They concede 30.7% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 10th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (109.5).
When they last played, the Utah Jazz took home the win by a final score of 117-87 when they played the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Jazz collected 38 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 48 in this matchup. They also turned away 8 shots while recording 8 steals for the contest. The Cavaliers earned 13 personal fouls in this contest which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a rate of 75.0%. When it comes to shooting from distance, Utah converted 24 of their 45 tries (53.3%). When all was said and done, the Jazz went 42 for 84 from the field which had them sitting at 50.0%. The Jazz permitted the Cavaliers to knock down 35 of their 90 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 38.9% for the game. They went 25.8% from distance by going 8 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 14 from the free throw line (64.3%). When talking about rebounding, Utah allowed Cleveland to snag 40 in total (12 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Jazz in this game. He converted 9 of 15 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which had him sitting at 27 points. Mitchell snagged 3 boards in his 30:06 minutes of time on the court and had 4 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Utah was Jordan Clarkson. He scored 21 points in his 28:08 minutes played by way of 8 out of 14 shooting for this contest. Clarkson ended the game having shot 57.1% from the field as well as earning 4 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss mark of 7-4 this season. As an offensive unit, the Jazz are shooting 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 16th in basketball. Utah has accounted for 1,212 pts this year (110.2 per game) and they pull in 50.2 boards per game. They are earning an assist 22.5 times per game (27th in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.4 times per contest. The Jazz commit 17.5 fouls every game and they shoot 70.0% from the free throw line. The Jazz defensively are ranked 5th in the NBA in points given up per game with 106.6. The Utah defense surrenders 36.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (129 of 358) and their opposition makes 77.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 22.5 assists and 42.6 boards per game, which is ranked 4th and 7th in the league. They are forcing 11.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.1% from the field (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah (-6.5)
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