Toronto Raptors vs Utah Jazz betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game. Canada’s only team the Raptors look to bounce back from back-to-back defeats as they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The losing just doesn’t seem to stop for the Toronto Raptors who have now dropped 2-games in a row and 5 of their last 6. They did catch a break against the 76ers a couple of games ago, but losing to Detroit and Portland was not a good look for this team. Right now they are just barely holding on to 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but with their next 5 games coming on the road they could very easily slip even further down the rankings. To make things even worse, their leading scorer OG Anunoby could be out for this game as he has a minor hip issue. Joining him on the sidelines could be Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa as both of them are ‘day-to-day’ with minor knocks of their own.
After losing 3 of their last 4, the Jazz recovered against the Philadelphia 76ers by beating them 120-85 on Tuesday night. Bojan Bogdanovic had his best game of the season with 27 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 rebounds to give the Jazz their 5th home win of the season. Donovan Mitchell struggled a bit and scored just 13 points on the night, but he played only 22 minutes as the game was pretty much over by half-time. The Jazz haven’t been the darling of the bettors this season, they’ve covered the spread only twice in their last 6 games. They are 9-3 in 12 home games, however against the Raptors they’ve gone 0-5 ATS in their last 5 at Vivint Arena.
If Anunoby doesn’t play here, the Raptors are in big trouble. He is their leading scorer with 20.1 points per game, without him they simply won’t have enough to match-up with a much superior Utah team. Let’s assume he will play though, the Raptors are 7-3 in the last 10 vs Utah and 9-1 ATS during that stretch. The Jazz are 9 point favorites here, although they beat Philly by 35 the other night, they’ve covered the spread just 4 times in 7 games at home this season. Let’s back Toronto here.
Utah Jazz – Toronto Raptors Odds
Utah Jazz – Toronto Raptors Predictions
Toronto Raptors +9.0 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
As far as scoring goes, the trends have been going towards the under in the most recent games between these two. The last 3 meetings have all gone under the total with an average of just 209.3 points per game being scored. In the last 10 games that average goes slightly up to 213.6 points which is coincidently tonight’s total offered by the oddsmakers. Utah’s last 4 of 5 games have all gone under the total and if we look at their games against the Eastern Conference that has been the case in 9 of their last 11 games. It all comes down to pace of play. Only 1 team in the NBA averages less possessions per game than the Jazz do, Toronto isn’t far ahead playing just the 5th slowest pace in the league. With both teams playing a slower tempo, there’s really no other option to recommend here than the under, so let’s go with that.
Under 213 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365