Orlando Magic vs. Utah Jazz - 1/4/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic

Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Amway Center)

UTAH -3.0 . Total

The Utah Jazz hit the road for a matchup with the Orlando Magic.  The Jazz are (22-12), coming off a 102-98 win over the Chicago Bulls.  The Magic are (15-19), after upending the Washington Wizards, 122-101.

In the Jazz when over the Bulls, Utah was guided on offense by Rudy Gobert.  Gobert contributed a double-double, totaling 17 points and 12 rebounds.  The Jazz shot 49% from the floor and 37% from 3-point range.  Utah was out rebounded by Chicago, 45 to 42.  The Jazz snuck out of Chicago with a 4 point victory, thanks to out scoring the Bulls by 4 at the charity stripe.  Utah out had 24 assists to 17 turnovers.

In the Magic win over the Wizards, Orlando was led on offense by D.J. Augustin.  Augustin collected 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.  The Magic shot 47% from the floor and 38% from distance.  Orlando who has had solid defense all year, lived up to the trend.  The Magic held Washington to 38% from the floor and 29% from deep.  Orlando forced the Wizards to commit 13 turnovers.

Recent Betting Trends:

Jazz are 17-17 ATS this season.

The under is 18-16 in Jazz games this year.

Magic are 14-18-2 ATS this season.

The under is 17-16-1 in Magic games this year.

This is a matchup of two of the better defensive minded teams in the league.  The Jazz rank 7th in scoring defense, while the Magic rank 3rd.  Neither offense is averaging more than 107 points per game.  The one area where a team has an edge is the 3-point area.  The Jazz have the best 3-point offense in the league, while the Magic rank 22nd in defending the 3.  The Jazz have had the Magic's number in the last 10 matchups, winning 7 of the 10.  I'll side with the Jazz, as I see Bojan Bogdanovic and Donovan Mitchell getting it done from 3-point range.  Final score prediction, Jazz will win and cover, 101-95. 

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Chris’s Pick UTAH JAZZ -3.0

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.