Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz - 12/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (12-14) at Golden State Warriors (26-1)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -13 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNB
The Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors square off Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena.
The Utah Jazz could use a nice victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 97 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.9 points and 3.2 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. Alec Burks is dishing 2.2 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Golden State Warriors look to keep the ball rolling after an insane 26-1 start. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 116 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 31.8 points and 6.2 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. Draymond Green is dishing 7.1 assists and Festus Ezeli is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game. The Golden State Warriors have not lost a regular season home game since January 27th. Andrew Bogut is questionable with a back injury.
The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific. The Warriors are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I like the Jazz defensively, but they don't have enough offensive firepower to hang with a Warriors team in Oracle. In fact, the Warriors have beaten the Jazz in eight of the last nine meetings and five of the last six wins have been by double digits. Have to side with Golden State here.