Toronto Raptors vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 5/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Utah Jazz
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Roc
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+9.5)
The Utah Jazz (45-17) host the Toronto Raptors (26-37) at Vivint Arena on Saturday. The spread on this matchup has Utah as 9.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 221.5.
The Toronto Raptors stepped onto the hardwood against the Denver Nuggets and took a loss by a score of 121-111 in their last contest. Toronto finished with a 48.2% field goal percentage (40 out of 83) and buried 16 of their 32 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Raptors made 15 of 18 shots for a rate of 83.3%. When discussing grabbing boards, they collected 35 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 27 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 12 turnovers and earning 11 steals. With respect to defense, Toronto allowed the other team to go 47.8% from the field on 44 out of 92 shooting. Denver distributed 22 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. On top of that, Denver collected 47 rebounds (14 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Denver finished the contest at 80.8% from the charity stripe by burying 21 of 26 attempts. They also converted 12 of 35 tries from long range.
OG Anunoby is one player who was a factor for this contest. He accumulated 25 points on 8 out of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:08 mins and also snagged 3 rebounds. Anunoby ended up going 38.1% from the floor and also dished out 3 dimes. Someone else that came through in the matchup for the Raptors was Khem Birch. He collected 8 rebounds in his 36:06 minutes on the hardwood. He walked away from this one shooting 80.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 8-of-10 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Birch had 4 assists.
Toronto will play this game with a mark of 26-37 for the season. The Raptors are shooting 37.2% from downtown (931 of 2,506) and 82.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.7 points per contest (18th in the NBA) while hitting 45.0% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 13.4 times per game and as a squad they are committing 21.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Toronto is collecting 41.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,537 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 16th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Raptors are forcing their opponents into 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.7 fouls. They are giving up 37.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 15th in basketball in PPG allowed (111.3). The Raptors are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.8% (1,017 of 1,242) and they relinquish 45.6 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 27th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,622 conceded for the year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Utah Jazz went home victorious with a score of 154-105 when they faced the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz were able to collect 39 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 47 for the game. They gave up possession 13 times, while getting 4 steals for this game. The Kings earned 19 personal fouls in this game which took the Jazz to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to bury 20 of the free throws for a rate of 95.2%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Utah knocked down 24 of their 41 tries (58.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Jazz ended up shooting 55 out of 86 from the field which gave them a rate of 64.0%. The Jazz permitted the Kings to make 42 out of 87 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 48.3% for the contest. They shot 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 out of 21 and ended up shooting 14 of 17 at the charity stripe (82.4%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Utah allowed Sacramento to pull down 24 in total (3 offensive).
Bojan Bogdanovic was important for the Jazz in this contest. He buried 7 out of 16 for the matchup for a rate of 43.8%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Bogdanovic totaled 24 points in his 29:03 mins of playing time and totaled 4 assists for this game. Someone else who was a determining factor for Utah was Georges Niang. He ended up finishing with 4 assists in his 26:28 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 6 out of 9 from the floor. Niang wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the floor while earning 19 points and 3 rebounds.
Utah has a mark of 45-17 so far this season. The Jazz are committing 18.8 fouls every game while shooting 79.6% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.9 times per contest (22nd in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest. Utah has tallied 7,245 pts for the year (116.9 per game) and they snag 48.3 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Jazz are shooting 46.7% from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. The Jazz are ranked 4th in the league in points per game surrendered with 107.2. They are able to force 11.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.5% from the field (2nd in the league). The Utah defense gives up 34.0% on shots from 3-point land (671 of 1,974) and their opponents are making 76.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 22.1 assists and 43.1 total boards per game, which is ranked 1st and 11th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (+9.5)
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