Toronto Raptors (9-1) at Utah Jazz (4-5)
|Date & Time||Monday November 5, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Utah Jazz +2 -- Over/Under: 217
The Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz meet Monday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to build on their impressive 9-1 record. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 116.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.7 points and 11.2 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won three of their first four road games.
The Utah Jazz need a feel good victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 109.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 22.4 points and 4.1 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 16.6 points and 13.6 rebounds. Jae Crowder is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Ingles is dishing 4.2 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost all three home games this season.
The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah, 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors with or without Kawhi Leonard are probably a better team than the Utah Jazz without Donovan Mitchell. I don't want any part of the Jazz without the heart of the team and the best offensive player who helps get others going as well. The Jazz are falling apart without Mitchell on the court, and they're now going up against an elite defensive team in Toronto. I have to lay the bucket here. Let me know when Mitchell returns.