Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (+8)
Fiserv Forum is the venue where and the Milwaukee Bucks (5-3) will play the Utah Jazz (4-4) on Friday. Milwaukee opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The O/U is set at 236.
The Utah Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the New York Knicks and ended up losing by a score of 112-100 in their last contest. Utah wrapped up the contest having earned a 44.0% field goal percentage (40 out of 91) and made 14 out of their 44 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Jazz converted 6 of 11 shots for a rate of 54.5%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 43 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 20 assists in this matchup as well as getting 5 steals and 9 rejections. With respect to the defense, Utah let their opponent shoot 51.7% from the floor on 45 out of 87 shooting. New York distributed 22 dimes and had 11 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Knicks had 47 boards (11 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 5 blocks. New York walked away from this one shooting 73.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of their 19 tries. They also made 8 out of their 22 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Jordan Clarkson is a player who came through in this matchup. He ended up scoring 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 24:44 minutes played and collected 3 rebounds. Clarkson finished the contest at 58.3% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Jazz was Donovan Mitchell. He grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 dimes. He finished the contest at 34.8% from the floor in this game by shooting 8-of-23 (18 points). Overall, Mitchell saw the court for 36:18 min.
Utah will enter this matchup with a mark of 4-4 on the year. They are turning it over 15.9 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.6 fouls per game. As a unit, Utah is pulling in 49.1 rebounds per game and has totaled 173 assists for the year, which is 24th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Jazz are shooting 36.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (115 of 315) and 70.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 108.5 pts per contest (20th in basketball) on 44.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Jazz have forced 11.4 turnovers per game and they draw 18.8 fouls. The Jazz defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.0% (91 of 150) and they surrender 43.0 boards per game as a team. They are 15th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 186 conceded for the season. They are giving up 40.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 13th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the win by a final score of 130-115 when they faced the Detroit Pistons. The Bucks collected 38 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 47 for this game. They also turned away 4 tries while getting 5 steals in this game. The Pistons committed 20 fouls in the matchup which took the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to make 13 of them for a rate of 61.9%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Milwaukee buried 19 out of 43 tries (44.2%). In all, the Bucks shot 49 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.4%. The Bucks allowed the Pistons to knock down 38 of their 97 tries from the field which left them shooting 39.2% in this game. They shot 31.7% from 3-point land via 13 out of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 26 out of 30 from the charity stripe (86.7%). When discussing attacking the glass, Milwaukee allowed Detroit to snag 47 in total (15 on the offensive side).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up having an impact for the Bucks for the matchup. He made 8 of 15 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.3%, which had him finishing with 25 points. Antetokounmpo had 8 rebounds in his 28:28 mins of playing time and had 4 dimes for the contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He ended up walking away with 23 points in his 31:02 minutes played by going 9 of 15 from the floor for this contest. Middleton ended up shooting 60.0% from the floor while also collecting 7 assists and 5 boards.
Milwaukee has a mark of 5-3 for the season. Milwaukee has earned 1,002 pts for the campaign (125.3 per game) and they collect 48.5 boards per game. The Bucks have committed 20.5 personal fouls every game and they hit 74.4% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Bucks are shooting 50.5% from the field, which is 1st in the league. They are earning an assist 27.5 times per contest (4th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.6 times per game. The Bucks defensively are ranked 17th in the NBA in points given up per game with 111.6. The Milwaukee defense gives up 35.9% on shots from distance (106 of 295) and their opponents are making 80.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 22.1 dimes and 41.0 boards every game, which has them ranked 4th and 3rd in the NBA. They have forced 14.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.5% from the floor (8th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah (+8)
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