Detroit Pistons (11-33) vs. Utah Jazz (29-16)
January 21, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Jazz -13.5; Over/Under: +218
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The Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz duke it out at the Vivint Arena on Friday night.
The Detroit Pistons have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their past seven games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after outlasting the Kings in a 133-131 road win on Wednesday. Saddiq Bey led the team with 30 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Kelly Olynyk added 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists off the bench, while Cory Joseph chipped in with 19 points and nine assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they allowed 45 points in the second quarter to fall behind by as many as 12 points, before rallying back in the second half to win on a go-ahead shot from Joseph with just 26 seconds left on the clock.
Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz are going through their worst slump of the season as they’ve lost six of their past seven games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling short to the lowly Rockets in a 116-111 home loss on Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 29 points, Rudy Gobert added 23 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 19 points off the bench. As a team, the Jazz shot 47 percent from the field and 10 of 38 from the 3-point line as they outscored the Rockets by 35-21 in the second quarter to take the lead going into halftime, but they couldn’t maintain that pace and eventually fell in the second half where they allowed 59 points as they had no answer for the Rockets who drained 22 3-pointers for the game.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600. The Jazz are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall and the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Utah.
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The Pistons are again without Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson while Killian Hayes is currently listed as questionable with a hip injury. The Jazz are just about at full strength except for their leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell who has already been ruled out. The Pistons are coming into this meeting playing some of their best basketball of the season, so they will be thinking about an upset in this spot, while the Jazz will take any win they can get during their slump. The Jazz are only 1-9-1 ATS in the last 11 home games, so I’m taking the Pistons to hang around long enough to get the cover in this one.