The Utah Jazz hope to get their first win of the season when they take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
After such a busy offseason, the Nets started the season with a disappointing loss to the Cavaliers, before sending a message to the league by taking down the defending champs. Unfortunately, the Nets came right back down to earth a couple nights after as they were easily beaten by the upbeat Magic by 107-86. Brook Lopez had a nice outing of 21 points and five blocks, while Paul Pierce added 16 points, but no other Nets player finished in double digits in scoring as rest of the team shot a miserable 20 of 63 from the field. Of particular concern is Deron Williams' health as he is still battling with his ankle injury, causing him to average just 8.0 points on 36.0 percent shooting while playing just 25.3 minutes per game.
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Meanwhile, the Jazz are looking to avoid their fourth straight loss to start the season after falling to the Rockets by 104-93 on Saturday despite leading by as many as 19 points. Richard Jefferson led the team with 18 points, Enes Kanter added, while Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks added 15 points apiece, but the Jazz came out of the halftime break ice cold and could manage just 37 points to the Rockets' 64. There's no time for the Jazz to feel sorry for themselves either as they embark on a tough four-game road swing which starts against the Nets tonight.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a double digit home loss, while the Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 6-0 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss.
Head to head, the Jazz have beaten the Nets four straight times since trading D-Will to Brooklyn. Also, the Jazz are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Brooklyn.
In terms of talent and depth these teams are worlds apart, but while everything is pointing to a massive double digit win for the Nets in this one, I'm actually going with the Jazz to keep this game within 10 points tonight. I'm not saying the Nets are going to have another upset loss but I like the visitors with the points here.