Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/13/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (48-31) at Utah Jazz (37-43)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -10 -- Over/Under: 187.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks travel to Salt Lake City to battle the Utah Jazz tonight.
The Dallas Mavericks will be going for a fourth straight win tonight after making light work of the Lakers in a 120-106 win last night. Tyson Chandler led the scoring with 20 points on nine of 10 shooting while Richard Jefferson added 17 points as the Mavs shot a healthy 54.2 percent from the field and 10 of 21 from the three-point line to outlast the Lakers in a shootout. Coach Carlisle was able to give most of his players a decent run in a meaningless game as the Mavs are already locked into the seventh spot in the Western Conference. However, with just two games left to play, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Mavs were to rest a few players in the final two games of the regular season.
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Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been out of the playoff race for a while now, but that hasn't stopped them from winning games as they've now won six of their last eight and are coming off an impressive 111-105 win over the Blazers. Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke were all rested for this game but that just gave more opportunity to Trevor Booker who exploded for a career-best 36 points on 12 of 15 shooting. Rodney Hood also added 21 points while the reserves combined for 45 points as the Jazz took down the playoff-bound Blazers who were playing without their leading scorer in LaMarcus Aldridge. With the win, Utah improves to 37-43 which would actually be good enough for the eighth seed if the Jazz were in the Eastern Conference.
In ATS trends, the Mavericks are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games, while the Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Mavs are 5-0-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Utah.
The news is that Nowitzki, Ellis and Chandler will all be sitting out for the Mavs in this game while Hayward remains questionable for the Jazz so you have to give the edge to the home team in this one. With that being said, I'll reluctantly take the Jazz to win and cover at home beacuse the Mavs are bringing out their reserves and have nothing to really play for.