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Jazz vs Mavericks Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 1/28/23

Dallas Mavericks (26-24) vs. Utah Jazz (25-26)
January 28, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Jazz -7.5; Over/Under: -
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The Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz collide at the Vivint Arena on Saturday night.

The Dallas Mavericks have been in rough shape as they’ve lost five of their last seven games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum in this one after taking down the Suns in a 99-95 road win on Thursday. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team with 36 points, six rebounds and nine assists, Dorian Finney-Smith added 18 points with 12 rebounds while Dwight Powell chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Mavericks shot 42 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line as they held the Suns to just 16 points in the second quarter to take the early lead, before they held off a late charge from the Suns to escape with the win despite losing Luka Doncic in the first quarter with an ankle sprain.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been in fine form as they’ve won five of their last eight games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting beaten by the Trail Blazers in a 134-124 road loss on Wednesday. Lauri Markkanen led the team with 24 points, Collin Sexton added 19 points on eight of 11 shooting off the bench while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Jazz shot 52 percent from the field and 20 of 41 from the 3-point line as they jumped out to a quick start, only to get completely blown out by 83-60 in the second and third quarters combined.

Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.

Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall, the Mavericks are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and the Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Utah.

The Mavericks will again be shorthanded as Christian Wood and Luka Doncic are both out, while the Jazz have listed Kelly Olynyk as questionable. The Mavericks really struggle without Doncic in the lineup as he accounts for so much offense, so I don’t like their chances against an improving Jazz team coming off a tough loss. The Mavericks were good enough to beat the Suns on Thursday, but I don’t think they can get past this Jazz team who are also so hard to beat in their own building. The betting trends favor the Mavericks, but I’ll stick with the Jazz in this spot.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Utah -7.5

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