Charlotte Hornets (23-31) at Utah Jazz (26-28)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -5.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 106.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last 10 road games.
The Utah Jazz look for another victory to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 103.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19.1 points and 3.4 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 16.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have split their last eight home games.
The Hornets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Jazz are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hornets are 1-8-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Utah, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 21-7-2 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
The Charlotte Hornets continue to play this hit or miss basketball and being on the end of a back to back won't help. The Utah Jazz are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and are outscoring teams by nearly 20 points in their last five games. The home team has also won each of the last eight meetings between the Hornets and Jazz. I have to back the Utah Jazz and the reasonable chalk here at home.