Utah Jazz vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: AT&T Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-5)
The Utah Jazz (29-10) head to Amalie Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Toronto Raptors (17-23). Utah opens this matchup as 5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 228.5.
The Utah Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the Boston Celtics and took home the win by a score of 117-109 in their last contest. Utah walked away from the contest having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (38 of 80) and made 19 out of their 43 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Jazz converted 22 of their 24 shots for a rate of 91.7%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled a total of 38 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 23 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With regard to defending, Utah allowed 49.0% from the field on 48 out of 98 shooting. Boston totaled 28 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. Additionally, Boston snagged 45 rebounds (16 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 6 blocks. Boston went 75.0% when shooting free throws by making 3 of their 4 shots. They also converted 10 of 29 tries from distance.
Donovan Mitchell is one player who was a major factor for the game. He notched 21 points on 6 of 16 shooting. He played 33:12 minutes played and pulled down 2 boards. Mitchell finished the contest at 37.5% from the field and also recorded 5 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Jazz was Mike Conley. He collected 1 rebound in his 32:30 minutes played. He went 50.0% from the floor for the game by connecting on 6-of-12 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Conley totaled 5 assists.
Utah heads into this matchup with a mark of 29-10 for the season. The Jazz are shooting 39.7% on shots from downtown (663 of 1,669) and 78.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 116.6 points per outing (3rd in the league) while connecting on 46.8% from the floor. They turn it over 14.4 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.8 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Utah is snagging 47.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 930 dimes this season, which has them ranked 21st in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Jazz are forcing 11.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. The Jazz defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.1% (457 of 761) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per game as a squad. They rank 2nd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 870 surrendered for the campaign. They give up 35.3% on three-point shots and they are ranked 5th in the NBA in points per game allowed (108.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Toronto Raptors took a loss by a score of 116-112 when they faced the Detroit Pistons. The Raptors corralled 20 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 30 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 7 steals for the matchup. The Pistons committed 30 personal fouls for this contest which got the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 34 shots. They were able to knock down 26 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 76.5%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Toronto converted 12 out of their 40 attempts (30.0%). Overall, the Raptors went 37 for 86 from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.0%. The Raptors permitted the Pistons to make 38 out of 75 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.7% for this game. They shot 41.4% from distance by shooting 12 out of 29 and ended up shooting 28 of 32 from the free throw line (87.5%). In regard to rebounds, Toronto allowed Detroit to snag 54 overall (13 offensive).
Norman Powell ended up being a factor for the Raptors for the matchup. He converted 14 of 18 for the game giving him a rate of 77.8%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Powell earned 43 points in his 37:37 mins of playing time, but wasn't able to earn an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Toronto was Chris Boucher. He ended up with 3 dimes in 29:06 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 10 out of 16 from the floor. Boucher finished going 62.5% from the field while also earning 21 points and 5 total rebounds.
Toronto has a mark of 17-23 this year. Toronto has tallied 4,498 points on the year (112.5 per contest) and they snag 41.3 rebounds per game. The Raptors are committing 22.0 personal fouls per game and they go 82.6% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Raptors are connecting on 44.8% from the floor, which ranks 25th in basketball. They are earning an assist 25.1 times per contest (14th in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. The Raptors on defense are ranked 18th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.1. They have conceded 26.7 assists and 45.8 boards per contest, which has them ranked 28th and 22nd in basketball. The Toronto defense allows 37.6% on shots from beyond the arc (568 of 1,511) and opponents are connecting on 79.2% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 16.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the field (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (-5)
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