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Utah Jazz vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Hawks at Utah Jazz
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -11.5 -- Over/Under: 227
TV Channel
FSSE, ATRM
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The Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 110.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 19.3 points and 9.9 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.7 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 108.6 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 22.5 points and 3.9 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 15 points and 12.8 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Friday games. The Jazz are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Utah and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 12-3 in Jazz last 15 home games. The over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 overall.

The Utah Jazz are finally playing like the team we expected to see from the beginning of the season, while the Atlanta Hawks are near the bottom of the barrel and are losing on the road by an average of 9.1 points. However, the Hawks are playing improved basketball lately due to an offense that's shooting better than 47 percent from the field in their last five games. The Jazz are also just 1-3 ATS this season as a double-digit favorite and haven't covered a lot of their recent home games. I'm going to take a stab with the Hawks and the free buckets, as this line seems a bit too steep.

Pick:
Atlanta Hawks +11.5

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