The Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic meet Thursday in NBA action at the Amway Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Utah Jazz are averaging 117 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 25.2 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.8 points and 4 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 3.2 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.
The Orlando Magic are averaging 111 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 113.7 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Paolo Banchero is averaging 20 points and 3.6 assists, while Franz Wagner is averaging 18.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markelle Fultz is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game.
The Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Magic are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Jazz last 8 overall. The under is 9-4 in Magic last 13 overall. The Jazz are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Orlando and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Utah Jazz continue to look like a team that hit the wall, and injuries don't help. The Jazz are losing their last 5 games by an average of 6.6 points. The Orlando Magic have issues of their own, but they continue to play hard and being at home doesn't hurt, where they only lose by an average of 1.5 points. I'll side with the Magic given Utah's issues.