Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (7-5) at Utah Jazz (5-5)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -4.5 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz tonight.
The Jazz were able to arrest a three-game slide with a thrilling 97-96 win at Atlanta on Sunday. Derrick Favors led the team with 23 points on 11 of 20 shooting, Rodney Hood added 20 points and Alec Burks added 18 off the bench as the Jazz took advantage of the Hawks who played without their starting point guard in Jeff Teague. Rudy Gobert didn't exactly stuffed the stat sheet as he had just 11 points and 11 rebounds, but he has been so good on the defensive end where he either blocks shots or alters it which has really been the strength of this young Jazz unit so far. With the win, Utah improves to 5-5 on the season and 4-4 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors started the season red-hot but have since lost five of their last seven which includes a 115-110 loss at Golden State last night. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 28 points each while DeMarre Carroll added 17 points with six steals, but the Raptors just couldn't get over the hump despite coming all the way back from an 18-point deficit to actually lead by 98-96 with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter. Still, it was somewhat of a moral victory for the Raptors who fell to 7-5 on the season and 4-4 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a loss, while the Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Raptors are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
The Jazz played well to sneak past the Hawks in their win on Sunday, but I actually prefer the Raptors with the points in this one. I know the Raptors played just last night compared to the Jazz who haven't played since Sunday, but the boys from Toronto will be so eager to bounce back after coming so close to their biggest win of the season.