Atlanta Hawks vs. Utah Jazz - 11/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (3-5) at Atlanta Hawks (3-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBA TV
The Atlanta Hawks will be hosting the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at the Philips Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks are right at the .500 mark this season, as the Hawks are sitting at 3-3 and are 1.5 games back of the Heat and Wizards. The Hawks may be at 3-3 on the season, but Atlanta has won back to back games heading into this meeting with the Jazz, with Atlanta’s latest win coming on Monday, upending the Knicks in New York 91-85. The Hawks are playing middle of the road basketball right now, and not just in their record. Atlanta is ranked 14th in the league in scoring, and defensively, the Hawks are allowing 99.7 per outing, putting them 18th in the league.
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The Utah Jazz are bad once again, as the Jazz are sitting at 3-5 right now. The Jazz have dropped two out of their last three heading into this meeting with the Hawks, with Utah’s latest outing resulting in a loss to the Pacers on Monday night in Indiana. Gordon Hayward was solid against the Pacers, putting up 30 points on the night, but only two other Jazz players reached double digit points on the night, so the help for Hayward wasn’t there. Utah wasn’t predicted by many as a playoff team before the season, and so far the Jazz have done nothing to change that.
In the last three meetings between these teams, the Hawks are 3-0 against the spread, and in their last four outings, the Hawks are 4-0 overall.
Tough call here, but I’m going to be on the Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks are a middle of the road team right now, but Utah is just plain bad, and this looks like a bad spot for them. The Jazz are good at getting points inside, but the Hawks have one of the better defenses in the paint in the league, and that should keep Utah at bay a bit. The Hawks are going to try and move the ball around on the Jazz, and forcing turnovers will be one area where the Jazz might be able to take advantage. That being the case, I just can’t see financially backing this Utah team right now, especially on the road.