Cavaliers vs. Jazz - 1/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (14-27) at Cleveland Cavaliers (22-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSOH
The Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers play Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Utah Jazz have lost five of their last seven games and continue to drop in the standings. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 95.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 98.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19 points and 4.1 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16 points and 8.8 rebounds. Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Trey Burke is dishing 5.1 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting just 42.6 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored less than 100 points in 10 of their last 14 games. The Jazz simply can’t get their team on the same page and the inconsistent ball is the reason they’ll be a lottery team once again. Rodney Hood is expected to miss this game with a foot injury.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to keep the ball rolling as they’ve won three straight games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 100.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.5 points on 47 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.3 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.1 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers have scored at least 100 points in four straight games and are shooting 36.7 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Cavs are playing their best ball of the season during this three-game stretch and are coming off a game where they held the Bulls to just 94 points. It’ll be interesting to see if this continues.
The Jazz are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Jazz are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
You can sense the Cavs starting to turn things around, and they're clearly playing better ball as of late. The Jazz have done a nice job of keeping up with Cleveland in the past but I like the Cavs by double digits.