Utah Jazz vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 3/11/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Utah Jazz vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-4)
The Utah Jazz are headed to Spectrum Center on Saturday where they will take on the Charlotte Hornets. Utah opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 228.
The Jazz played the Magic and took home the win by a score of 131-124 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Jazz ended up with 26 and the Magic recorded 16 personal fouls. They also knocked down 16 of 34 shots from beyond the perimeter. Orlando ended up going 64.5% at the free throw line by making 20 of 31 attempts. In addition, Orlando grabbed 36 rebounds (12 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 8 rejections. Orlando doled out 21 dimes and had 9 steals in this game. In reference to defending, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 46.8% from the floor on 44 of 94 shooting. They also recorded 27 dimes in the game as well as forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 42 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Jazz converted 20 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 95.2%. Utah ended the contest having earned a 55.7% field goal percentage (49 of 88) and buried 13 of their 34 shots from distance.
Lauri Markkanen is one player who had an impact for this contest. Markkanen walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. He was on the court for 34 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 31 points on 11 out of 22 shooting.
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Utah heads into this one with a win-loss record of 32-35 on the season. They currently have an average of 117.2 points per outing (5th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.3% from the floor. The Jazz are connecting on 35.8% on shots from distance (926 of 2,587) and 78.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Utah is pulling down 45.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,718 assists this season, which has them ranked 8th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 15.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.7 fouls every game.
On defense, the Jazz are forcing 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.1 fouls. They relinquish 36.1% from beyond the arc and they are 22nd in the NBA in PPG allowed (117.3). The Jazz are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.6% (2,908 of 6,108) and they surrender 43.4 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 8th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,615 surrendered this season.
When they last played, the Hornets walked away with a victory by a final of 113-103 against the Pistons. The Hornets pulled down 31 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 44 for this contest. They also gave up possession 12 times, while recording 11 steals in this game. The Pistons committed 22 fouls for this contest which took the Hornets to the charity stripe for 32 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of those for a rate of 59.4%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Charlotte made 8 of their 24 tries (33.3%). In all, the Hornets ended up going 43 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Hornets permitted the Pistons to make 40 of their 89 tries from the field which had them sitting at 44.9% for the matchup. They went 33.3% from three-point range by going 7 of 21 and ended up shooting 16 of 20 from the charity stripe (80.0%). When talking about rebounding, Charlotte allowed Detroit to collect 48 in total (17 on the offensive side).
Kelly Oubre Jr. ended up being a factor for the Hornets in this matchup. Oubre tallied 27 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood and totaled 2 dimes in this matchup. He buried 9 out of 16 for the game for a field goal rate of 56.3%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
Charlotte has a win-loss record of 22-46 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Hornets are shooting 45.5% from the field, which is 26th in the league. Charlotte has accounted for 7,604 pts for the season (111.8 per game) and they pull down 45.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.0 times per game (18th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.8 times per game. The Hornets are responsible for committing 20.6 fouls every game and they hit 74.7% from the free throw line.
The Hornets on defense are ranked 24th in basketball in PPG given up with 117.5. They are forcing 14.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.7% from the floor (18th in the league). The Charlotte defense gives up 36.0% on 3-point shots (852 of 2,366) and their opponents are converting on 79.2% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 26.1 assists and 46.4 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 24th and 29th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah (-4)
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