Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets

Utah Jazz (17-24) at Charlotte Hornets (15-24) 

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:00 PM ET (Spectrum Center) 

Spread: Hornets -4.5

Money Line: Jazz +170 / Hornets -200

O/U: 206

FREE NBA Pick Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets

The Utah Jazz play the last game of their four-game road trip Friday night at Charlotte, looking to salvage a split. The Hornets are looking for consistency on a season that is quickly turning south.

The Utah Jazz may be a better team than their record indicates, with their biggest problem being not able to win close games. The Jazz last five games have been decided by 10 points or less, with the Jazz winning two of them, they were able to come out on top last game against the Wizards, 107-104. Prior to their win against the Wizards, the Jazz had lost their last two games to Denver and Miami by a combined nine points. Derrick Favors is listed as questionable for tonights game with a sprained right ankle and Rudy Gobert will be out as he continues to rehab a bruised knee. The Jazz have struggle heavily without Gobert in the lineup this season, going just 3-9. Utah has not faired well in Charlotte as of late, losing their last three games at the Spectrum Center, a streak the team will look to end tonight.

The Hornets are coming off a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 115-111. Charlotte has struggled at home this season, going 2-7 since December 6th and an overall record of 10-11 this season. A big part of the Hornets loss on Wednesday night was Dwight Howards struggles from the free throw line, shooting just 5 of 18. The Jazz are unlikely to be able be as aggressive with Howard Friday night due to the teams injuries with big men. Trade rumors surrounding the teams star, Kemba Walker, continue to swirl as the team is struggling and a rebuild seems like the most sensible solution. Walker put up 41-points last game, so his focus is still clearly there, how his teammates respond will be the deciding factor.

Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends 

Utah Jazz

. 4-17 on the road this season

. 8-13 ATS on the road this season

. 10-17 as the underdog this season

Charlotte Hornets

. 11-8 as the favorite this season

. 17-22 O/U this season

. 10-11 ATS at home this season

FREE NBA Prediction Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets

Despite the Utah Jazz abysmal road record this season, which is 4-17, I like them in this game and was surprised to see the Hornets as the favorite at -4.5. Charlotte right now is a team that wold benefit from tanking and I think the Jazz can still be a playoff team if they play up to their potential. With that being said, the key to this game for the Jazz will be if they can contain Kemba Walker, as he is still capable of taking over a game when not being held in check.

 Pick: Utah Jazz

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Final from Vegas.

Jazz 86 | Grizz 92
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Back and forth 😬

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Jazz 70 | Grizz 72
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Sam Pirozzi

Author: Sam Pirozzi

Born and raised in the greater Boston area, Sam has had a passion for sports his entire life and is a die hard Boston sports fan. Majoring in communications at Curry College, he has experience in all areas of multimedia, including but not limited to: Radio, Television, Writing and play-by-play of various sports. Sam can be found on twitter under the username @SamPirozzi1

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