Utah Jazz (17-24) at Charlotte Hornets (15-24)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.
The Utah Jazz need a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 101 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 18.4 points and 3.4 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 16.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 4.8 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost seven of their last eight games.
The Charlotte Hornets also need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 105.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.8 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.6 points and 12.1 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Jazz are 4-10-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Charlotte, the home team is 20-7-2 ATS in the last 29 meetings and the favorite is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I've been fading the Charlotte Hornets forever, as this team simply isn't that good to be laying chalk against most teams. Heck, a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks proves that the Hornets aren't the team that oddmakers thinks they are. The Utah Jazz are banged up to all hell, but they still compete night in and night out and they're only being outscored by 2.6 points in their last five games. I'm taking the points and the Jazz here as more of a fade from the Hornets.