Dallas Mavericks (8-10) at Utah Jazz (14-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz collide once again at the Vivint Arena on Friday night.
The Dallas Mavericks have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost six of their past eight games and they will be hoping to stop a three-game skid after getting routed by the Jazz in a 116-104 road loss on Wednesday. Luka Doncic led the team with 30 points and six assists on 13 of 24 shooting, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 points on six of 10 points while Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with 18 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Mavericks shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the 3-point line as they never looked threatening in this one after a slow start had them trailing by 69-48 in the first half. The second half was a little better, but the Mavericks just left themselves too much ground to make up.
Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been in scintillating form as they’ve won 14 of their first 18 games and they will be gunning for an 11th straight victory after Wednesday’s impressive win over the Mavericks. Rudy Gobert led the team on both ends of the floor with 29 points, 20 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, Joe Ingles added 21 points with eight assists, Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 31 points off the bench while Mike Conley chipped in with 17 points and six assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 46 percent from the field and 16 of 41 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with their defense by holding the Mavericks to just 19 points in the first quarter, before flexing their muscle on offense as they poured in 37 points in the second quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Jazz are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games, 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall, the Mavericks are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Utah and the Mavericks are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Mavericks will be eager to get back in the win column as they’ve been stuck in a slump lately, but it’s tough to beat the Jazz when they’re in this kind of mood. Donovan Mitchell is considered questionable with concussion symptoms, but I’m still not getting in the way of the red-hot Jazz who are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games. With the line so short, I'm sticking with the Jazz in this one.