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NBA Picks: Jazz at Raptors Point Spread

NBA Picks: Jazz at Raptors Point Spread
The second meeting between the Raptors and Jazz this season takes place in Toronto. After losing a close one at home during the first matchup, Utah wants to ruin the Raps' return from their holiday road trip out west.

Utah Jazz at Toronto Raptors

Now that the holidays are over, the NBA swings deeper into the middle third of the schedule as teams grind through the marathon regular season. Toronto sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 23-11 record, 2.5 games ahead of Boston, while Utah’s one game ahead of the Thunder for top spot in the Northwest Division. The Raptors bring the second-deadliest offense in the league while the Jazz earn their W’s with the best defense in the NBA, promising an interesting clash of style between these division leaders.

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Saturday 25 March
Toronto Raptors
Dallas Mavericks

Raptors @ Mavs

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As one of the ascendant teams in the western conference, the Utah Jazz are finally cashing in on smart drafting and shrewd free agent signings. At minimum, the Jazz want to occupy the same space the Raptors have carved out for themselves, mimicking Toronto’s rise to become the main challenger to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the eastern conference. Both small market franchises worked around the difficulties of attracting elite free agents through patient team-building and development, creating squads steeped in fundamentals which carry them past the majority of teams in the NBA.

Jazz at Raptors Prediction

Bet Toronto (-208) at 5Dimes

The Utah Jazz are in the middle of their own long road trip, facing their third game in four nights after losing to the Boston Celtics on the rubber end of a back-to-back. Despite a day of rest, fatigue will likely factor in during the second half of the game, making it vital for the Jazz to build a solid cushion during the first two quarters. The Raptors enjoy the luxury of resting at home, having returned from San Antonio, where they were blown out to finish 3-3 during their half-dozen games visiting the west.

Even worse for Utah, George Hill will miss his third straight game with a concussion. This will force Gordon Hayward to absorb more of the offensive duties. Rudy Gobert must extend himself a bit more to shut down Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan without Hill’s superb perimeter defense. Backup point Shelvin Mack needs to prevent Toronto’s all-star point from running circles around the Jazz in transition. If Utah repeats their lackadaisical performance in Boston, the Raptors will feast early and often, resting their vets in the fourth quarter.

Toronto should be considered a strong favorite for this matchup. During their December meeting in Utah, Lowry destroyed the Jazz, pouring in 36 points on 15-20 shooting, missing only one field goal (!) from inside the arc. Injuries, fatigue and the Raptors’ home advantage will make it much more difficult for Utah to keep pace over 48 minutes. There’s a good chance Toronto will easily beat the spread for point totals and margins.

NBA Picks Tonight | January 5, 2017

A total of eight games take place tonight across the NBA, including elite contenders and lottery squads. The most closely watched match of the night will feature a pair of triple-double machines, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, clashing in a vital conference matchup. D’Antoni’s run-and-gun squad has taken the association somewhat by surprise, while Westbrook continues to astonish by averaging a triple-double deep into the season. Odds are against the Thunder for this one, but fans will focus more on watching two unstoppable forces clash on-court.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 20 March
FT Atlanta Hawks 90 - 105 Charlotte Hornets +214 -238 Odds
AOT Philadelphia 76ers 109 - 112 Orlando Magic +220 -217 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 100 - 107 Indiana Pacers -137 +128 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 102 - 110 Boston Celtics +165 -175 Odds
FT Warriors 111 - 95 Thunder -122 +120 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 124 - 125 Houston Rockets +315 -345 Odds
FT New York Knicks 105 - 114 L.A. Clippers +620 -769 Odds
Tuesday 21 March
AOT Chicago Bulls 120 - 122 Toronto Raptors +285 -313 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 97 - 112 Miami Heat +725 -833 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 96 - 98 Brooklyn Nets -200 +192 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 82 - 95 Pelicans +135 -145 Odds
FT Warriors 112 - 87 Dallas Mavericks -189 +181 Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 100 - 93 Wolves -185 +170 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 93 - 90 Blazers +160 -169 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 133 - 109 L.A. Lakers -526 +460 Odds
Wednesday 22 March
FT Charlotte Hornets 109 - 102 Orlando Magic -179 +170 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 100 - 109 Boston Celtics +240 -256 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 100 - 104 Washington Wizards +275 -345 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 97 - 122 Thunder +600 -714 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 95 - 117 Chicago Bulls -125 +115 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 113 - 126 Denver Nuggets -128 +121 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 116 - 98 Sacramento Kings -208 +190 Odds
FT New York Knicks 101 - 108 Utah Jazz +650 -833 Odds
Thursday 23 March
FT Toronto Raptors 101 - 84 Miami Heat +160 -169 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 98 - 126 Brooklyn Nets +205 -227 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 90 - 97 San Antonio Spurs +310 -345 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 95 - 97 Dallas Mavericks -208 +190 Odds
FT New York Knicks 95 - 110 Blazers +850 -1000 Odds
Friday 24 March
FT Detroit Pistons 87 - 115 Orlando Magic -128 +111 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 112 - 105 Charlotte Hornets -156 +150 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 108 - 129 Washington Wizards +540 -588 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 125 - 117 Indiana Pacers +110 -120 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 120 - 130 Boston Celtics +2200 -3333 Odds
FT Pelicans 107 - 117 Houston Rockets +318 -345 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 97 - 100 Milwaukee Bucks +255 -278 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 117 - 107 Chicago Bulls +245 -256 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 100 - 114 Warriors +2000 -5000 Odds
AOT Wolves 119 - 130 L.A. Lakers -256 +240 Odds
Saturday 25 March
Utah Jazz 15:30 L.A. Clippers +185 -185 Odds
Washington Wizards 19:30 Cleveland Cavaliers -120 +110 Odds
Toronto Raptors 20:30 Dallas Mavericks +108 -115 Odds
New York Knicks 20:30 San Antonio Spurs +1450 -1250 Odds
Wolves 22:00 Blazers +250 -278 Odds
Sunday 26 March
Brooklyn Nets 13:00 Atlanta Hawks
Phoenix Suns 13:00 Charlotte Hornets
Thunder 15:30 Houston Rockets
Chicago Bulls 15:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Sacramento Kings 15:30 L.A. Clippers
Miami Heat 18:00 Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers 18:00 Indiana Pacers
Memphis Grizzlies 20:00 Warriors
Pelicans 20:00 Denver Nuggets
Blazers 21:30 L.A. Lakers

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