Brooklyn Nets vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+2.5)
Vivint Arena is the site where and the Utah Jazz (31-11) will take on the Brooklyn Nets (29-14) on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have Utah as 2.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 231.5.
The Brooklyn Nets stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington Wizards and took home the win by a score of 113-106 in their last contest. Brooklyn ended the contest with a 48.9% field goal percentage (44 out of 90) and made 9 of their 29 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Nets made 16 of their 22 tries for a rate of 72.7%. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned 35 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 24 dimes for the game while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and getting 11 steals. In relation to the defense, Brooklyn allowed 53.2% from the field on 42 out of 79 shooting. Washington recorded 24 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Washington had 43 rebounds (10 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Washington finished the game shooting 78.9% from the free throw line by burying 15 of 19 tries. They knocked down 7 of 21 tries from beyond the arc.
Kyrie Irving is a player who was a major contributor for the matchup. He walked away with 28 points on 10 of 25 shooting. He was on the court for 34:34 minutes and also totaled 7 rebounds. Irving finished the game at 40.0% from the field and earned 6 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Nets was James Harden. He totaled 5 rebounds in 39:05 minutes on the hardwood. He finished 43.5% from the floor in this game by going 10-of-23 (26 points). When the final whistle blew, Harden collected 8 assists.
Brooklyn enters this game with a win-loss record of 29-14 for the campaign. They turn it over 14.1 times per contest and as a group they are committing 19.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Brooklyn is pulling in 43.8 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,150 assists so far this year, which ranks 2nd in the league in terms of passing. The Nets are hitting 39.9% on 3-point shots (632 of 1,585) and 79.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 120.2 points per contest (1st in the league) while connecting on 50.0% from the field. On defense, the Nets have forced 12.7 turnovers every game and they draw 18.8 personal fouls. They give up 36.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 26th in the league in points per game allowed (115.2). The Nets defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.7% (548 of 808) and they concede 42.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 20th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,062 conceded this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Utah Jazz got the victory with a final of 120-95 when they faced the Chicago Bulls. The Jazz recorded 36 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 46 for this contest. They turned the ball over 9 times, while earning 9 steals in the game. The Bulls were called for 14 personal fouls in this contest which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for 15 tries. They were able to bury 13 of the free throws for a rate of 86.7%. With regard to three-point attempts, Utah buried 17 out of their 39 tries (43.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Jazz ended up shooting 45 out of 92 from the field which had them sitting at 48.9%. The Jazz permitted the Bulls to bury 39 out of their 96 tries from the field which had them shooting 40.6% for this game. They finished the game shooting 23.1% from distance by connecting on 6 out of 26 and ended up going 11 out of 12 from the free throw line (91.7%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Utah permitted Chicago to get 49 in total (14 on the offensive side).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz for the matchup. He made 11 of 19 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 57.9%, and added 6 rebounds. Mitchell had 30 points in his 29:49 mins on the court and totaled 6 assists in the matchup. Someone else that played a role for Utah was Rudy Gobert. He walked away with 2 dimes in 33:16 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 9 out of 11 from the floor. Gobert walked away from this one going 81.8% from the floor as well as earning 21 points and 10 boards.
Utah has a record of 31-11 so far this year. The Jazz commit 18.9 fouls per game while shooting 78.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.7 times per contest (22nd in basketball) and they turn it over 14.3 times per contest. Utah has totaled 4,905 pts for the campaign (116.8 per contest) and they pull in 47.8 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Jazz are shooting 46.8% from the field, which has them ranked 14th in the NBA. The Jazz defensively are ranked 5th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.5. The Utah defense surrenders 35.5% from downtown (460 of 1,295) and opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 22.5 assists and 42.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 2nd and 8th in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 11.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.2% from the floor (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah (-2.5)
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