Utah Jazz at Charlotte Hornets
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM (Spectrum Center)
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The Utah Jazz travel to the Spectrum Center to take on the sputtering Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets lost their last game out to the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-98 to drop to 13-18 on the season. The Jazz come in on a four-game winning streak and are fresh off a road win over the Atlanta Hawks 111-106 to improve their record on the season to 17-11.
The Jazz have struggled to score the ball this season averaging only 107.2 points per game which ranks 22nd in the NBA. Leading the Jazz in scoring is Donovan Mitchell who averages 25.4 points per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Manning the middle is Rudy Gobert who is averaging a double-double this season with 14.8 points per game and 13.9 rebounds, which is 3rd in the NBA this season.
The Hornets lack a pure scorer and it shows, averaging only 104.5 points per game while shooting only 43.7% from the field. Leading the Hornets is Davonte Graham who averages team highs in points and assists with 19.1 points per game and 7.5 assists per game. Offseason pickup Terry Rozier has been solid this season averaging 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Utah’s defense led by rim protector Rudy Gobert and allows teams to score only 106.2 points per game to rank 8th in the NBA. While holding teams to only 44.3% from the field and 33.2% from beyond the arc. Charlotte struggles on the defensive end allowing 110.5 points per game to rank 17th in NBA and allows teams to shoot 47.5% from the field and 35.6% from three.
The Jazz have struggled this season against the spread with just a 11-17 ATS record while Charlotte has posted a 16-14-1 ATS record this season. The two teams come in on different streaks when it comes to covering spreads with the Hornets covering the spread in five of their six games while Utah is just 3-6 in their last nine games. The Hornets have been playing well as of late and will look to continue to build on that momentum. Final score prediction, the Hornets cannot pull out the win but cover the spread in a close game with a final score of 108-103.