Few teams have been hotter over their last 10 games than the Jazz (39-29, 22-12 home). Utah comes into its latest matchup against the Nets (36-34, 15-18 away) on a roll after having won seven of their last 10. Tip off time is 9:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 16 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Jazz began the day as 7.5-point favorites for this game, with a healthy over/under total of 222. Brooklyn is 37-33-0 against the spread this year and 35-35-0 over/under, compared to 35-31-2 ATS and 33-35-0 over/under for Utah.
The secret to the Jazz’ recent success has been excellent balance. Utah is giving up 106.5 points per game and the Jazz are seventh in field goals allowed and 1st in three-pointers allowed. Their ability to apply pressure for a full 48-minutes makes them a tough out.
On the other side of the ball, Utah ranks 17th in the league in offensive rating and is averaging 110.1 points per game. Leading the charge this season has been Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 23.6 points per game on 40.0% shooting.
The Nets, meanwhile, rank 17th in points allowed at 111.7 points per game, and are holding opposing teams to 219.0% from the field and 34.0% from downtown. Brooklyn forces 13 turnovers per game and is 11th in the NBA in rebounding.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on November 29th, 2018, Utah won 101-91 behind 29 points from Donovan Mitchell.
Brooklyn is fresh off a 96-108 loss against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Spencer Dinwiddie paced the Nets in that one with 25 points.
The Jazz, meanwhile, are fresh off of a 100-120 win against the Timberwolves in Minnesota in which they shot 13 for 38 from deep and won the war on the glass 61-45.
All told, the Nets have won six of their previous ten games and are sixth in the Eastern Conference, while the Jazz have dropped three of their last ten and are sixth in the Western Conference.