Atlanta favored by 4 against Utah on Friday
Utah Jazz vs Atlanta Hawks Odds
The NBA betting slate features a clash between Atlanta and Utah on Friday, with the host Hawks trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.
The Hawks sport records of 20-14 and 13-20-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Jazz sit at 19-18 and 18-18-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-17-1 for the Hawks and 17-19-1 for the Jazz. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 193.5 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 14-rated Jazz taking on the No. 16-rated Hawks in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 99-97 win for the Hawks on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 14-ranked offense (96.7 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 20 at 98.9 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 45.6% from the field per game, more than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.4% on average).
Defensively, the Jazz feature the league's No. 22-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.5 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Utah, they were a 112-102 winner as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Jazz covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 214 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Bobcats were burned for 26 points by Al Jefferson on Wednesday as the Jazz picked up a 112-102 win at Time Warner Cable Arena.
In their last action, Atlanta was a 99-83 loser on the road against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (182) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Atlanta suffered a 99-83 loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Josh Smith in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Charlotte are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4
A few Jazz at Hawks trends to consider:
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Utah's last 18 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Utah
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
Atlanta is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
Utah at Detroit, Saturday, January 12
Atlanta at Washington, Saturday, January 12