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Jazz open as NBA underdog vs Mavericks

Utah JazzDallas Mavericks
16-32February 07, 2014, 08:30 | American Airlines Center29-21

American Airlines Center will feature Mavericks vs. Jazz action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

The Jazz will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 23-24-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Mavericks are 27-22-1 ATS. Utah is 22-26 against the total, while Dallas is 27-23 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Mavericks sat as -9.5-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 204.5.

This game matches up the No. 16 (Mavericks) and the No. 21 (Jazz) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 95-87 result in favor of the Mavericks is predicted by handicapping models.

The Jazz were a 94-79 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (173) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Jazz endured a 94-79 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Monday, despite a 23-point effort from Marvin Williams at EnergySolutions Arena.

Dallas was a 110-96 winner in its last match on the road against the Grizzlies. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 206 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Memphis was scorched by Dirk Nowitzki for 26 points as the Mavericks defated the Grizzlies 110-96 in NBA action on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Dallas's No. 28-rated squad against Utah's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Dallas rates No. 8 in the league with 8.38 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 24 with 6.56 per outing.

Next up:
Utah home to Miami, Saturday, February 8th
Dallas at Boston, Sunday, February 9th