Cleveland Cavaliers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 3/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Utah Jazz
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+15)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-29) are headed to Vivint Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Utah Jazz (34-11). Cleveland opens this matchup as 15-point underdogs. The total opens at 222.
The Cleveland Cavaliers stepped onto the hardwood against the Sacramento Kings and took a loss by a final of 100-98 in their last game. Cleveland finished the game with a 44.0% FG percentage (37 out of 84) and buried 9 out of their 26 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Cavaliers made 15 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 65.2%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 36 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 20 assists in this matchup while forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and getting 11 steals. Regarding defense, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 51.3% from the floor on 41 of 80 shooting. Sacramento dished out 16 dimes and had 4 steals for this contest. Moreover, Sacramento collected 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Sacramento went 78.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 14 shots. They also knocked down 7 of 30 attempts from 3-point land.
Collin Sexton is a player who came through in this game. He scored 26 points on 11 out of 24 shooting. He was on the court for 40:01 minutes and also snagged 6 rebounds. Sexton shot 45.8% from the floor and also earned 4 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in this game for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland. He collected 3 rebounds in his 33:25 min on the basketball court. He ended up going 38.9% from the field in this contest by shooting 7-of-18 (18 points). Overall, Garland totaled 2 assists.
Cleveland comes into this one with a record of 17-29 for the campaign. They average 103.5 points per outing (30th in the NBA) while shooting 45.0% from the floor. The Cavaliers are shooting 33.9% on shots from downtown (429 of 1,264) and 72.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Cleveland is collecting 43.1 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,068 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 15.7 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.8 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Cavaliers have forced 15.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They are 16th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,101 surrendered on the campaign. The Cavaliers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.9% (716 of 932) and they concede 43.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 38.2% on three-point shots while they are 12th in the league in PPG allowed (111.0).
The last time they took the court, the Utah Jazz walked away with a victory by a final of 126-110 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Jazz were able to snag 39 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 for the game. They coughed it up 21 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Grizzlies had 14 fouls in the matchup which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Utah buried 19 out of 45 attempts (42.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Jazz shot 46 out of 92 from the field which had them shooting 50.0%. The Jazz permitted the Grizzlies to make 39 of 97 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.2% in the game. They finished shooting 27.3% from beyond the perimeter via 9 of 33 and ended up going 23 out of 30 at the free throw line (76.7%). When talking about rebounding, Utah allowed Memphis to pull down 47 overall (16 on the offensive glass).
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Jazz for the matchup. He converted 12 of 17 in the game for a rate of 70.6%, and had 2 rebounds. Mitchell had 35 points in his 28:07 mins of playing time and accumulated 7 dimes for this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Utah was Rudy Gobert. He ended up with 1 assist in his 26:34 mins played, and he knocked down 6 of 10 from the floor. Gobert walked away from this one going 60.0% from the floor and also collecting 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Utah has a mark of 34-11 on the campaign. The Jazz are committing 18.8 personal fouls per contest and they hit 78.5% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 23.7 times per contest (21st in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.3 times per contest. Utah has earned 5,266 pts on the campaign (117.0 per contest) and they snag 48.2 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Jazz are connecting on 46.8% from the field, which is 14th in the league. The Jazz on defense are ranked 5th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 108.2. They have relinquished 22.6 assists and 42.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 2nd and 10th in the NBA. The Utah defense gives up 35.0% on shots from 3-point land (488 of 1,393) and their opponents are converting on 77.7% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.9% from the field (3rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+15)
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