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Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz - 11/9/13

Utah Jazz (0-5) at Toronto Raptors (2-3)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -8 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds


The Toronto Raptors head home to face the winless Utah Jazz on Saturday night from Air Canada Center.

Head to head, the Jazz are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto while the favorite is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz on the other hand are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, but just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

The Toronto Raptors dropped their third straight game after coming up empty against the league-leading Indiana Pacers on Friday night, falling 91-84 in Indiana. The Raptors got off to an ecouraging start against the undefeated Pacers, leading 32-22 after the first quarter but managed just 52 points over the final 36 minutes against the leagues best defensive unit. On the bright side, Rudy Gay had his best game of the season thus far, scoring a game-high 30 points while his backcourt partner in DeMar DeRozan was held to just six points on 2-15 shooting. As a team, Toronto just hasn't been able to get anything going offensivly as they are averaging just 92.3 points per game on 42.8% shooting for the season.

Speaking of the undefeated Pacers, when you look at the other end of the spectrum there is only one team left in the NBA that hasn't managed to get a win this season and that's the Utah Jazz. Not much has gone right for this young Jazz squad as they are off to their worst start (0-6) since losing the first 11 games of its inaugural 1974-75 season in New Orleans. While their defense has been feesable, their offense has been anything but as they are averaging exactly 90 points per game, which is the second worst mark in the NBA.

While the under looks very tempting in this one, given both teams offensive struggles of late, I find it hard to see how the Raptors are eight point favorites against anybody in the league. They do have some talent, but their two leading scorers in Gay and DeRozan just high volume players and both are shooting under 40% on the season. Utah is going to be desperate for a win tonight, as are Toronto, so taking the points looks like the sensible option....

Dan's Pick: Utah +8

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Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz - 11/9/13

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