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Detroit Pistons vs. Utah Jazz - 01/05/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night.

The Utah Jazz have been in great form as they've won five of their last eight games and they will be looking to stay hot after last night's 117-91 road win at Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 18 points and five assists, Ricky Rubio added 15 points with five assists while five more players finished in double figures. As a team, the Jazz shot 51 percent from the field and 14 of 35 from the 3-point line as they toiled with the Cavaliers in a closely contested first half before running away with it in the second half where they outscored the Cavaliers by 69-42. With the easy win, Utah improved to 19-20 overall and 11-12 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in a slump as they’ve lost five of their last seven games but they will be breathing a little sigh of relief after snapping a three-game skid with a 101-94 road win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Blake Griffin led the team with 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Reggie Jackson added 16 points with five assists while Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard each scored 13 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 43 percent from the field and 16 of 40 from the 3-point line but the key to the victory was actually their defense, particularly in the third quarter where they held the Grizzlies to just 12 points to take control of the game. With the much-needed win, Detroit improved to 17-19 overall and 6-11 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven road games, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games playing on zero days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record. The Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on two days rest, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 against the Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 7-0 in the last seven meetings, the Jazz are 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall and 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Detroit.

The Jazz looked great in last night's blowout win but it's hard to get too excited about beating the Cavaliers these days. The Pistons have been the streakiest team in the league so far, but they were able to steady the ship with a hard-fought win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday. This will be the first meeting but I have to give the edge to the Jazz even though they're playing on the road on a second night of a back to back. The Jazz are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Detroit and I think that trend continues as they stay hot with another win and cover here.

Pick:
Utah -1.5

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