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Cavaliers home to Jazz in NBA betting action

Utah JazzCleveland Cavaliers
21-36February 28, 2014, 07:30 | Quicken Loans Arena23-36

Cleveland looks to cover the Cavaliers-Jazz pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 23-36 mark when they host Utah in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Cavaliers are 23-36 so far on the season, and 27-32 ATS vs. the number. The Jazz, meanwhile, are 21-36 and 28-28-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cleveland go 26-33 and the Jazz go 26-31 on the totals.

View Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 192 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 20 (Cavaliers) and the No. 25 (Jazz) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 87-86 result in favor of the Cavaliers is predicted by handicapping models.

The Cavaliers were a 114-104 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 15-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. Cleveland got 31 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 114-104 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 23-ranked offense (96.95 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 14 at 100.44 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 42.42% from the field per game, less than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.37% on average).

Next up:
Utah at Indiana, Sunday, March 2nd
Cleveland at Memphis, Saturday, March 1st