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Raptors vs. Jazz - 3/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz (28-31) at Toronto Raptors (39-18)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT, TSN

The Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors square off Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Utah Jazz need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 98 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 97.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.9 points and 3.7 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. Rodney Hood is dishing 2.8 assists and Shelvin Mack is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost four straight road games. Trevor Booker is questionable. 

Raptors vs. Jazz - 3/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Raptors look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 102.3 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 97.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.4 points and 6.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.2 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 straight home games.

The Jazz are 6-17-3 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Jazz are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Toronto and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

I really like this Toronto team and consider it to be the best team in the East at the moment. The Jazz are in a bit of a funk right now, and I'm not sure a trip to play the hot Raptors is the forumla to break out of it. Give me the home team and reasonable number.

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Toronto Raptors -5.5

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