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Utah JazzDetroit Pistons
13-27January 17, 2014, 07:30 | The Palace of Auburn Hills16-22

The Detroit Pistons host Utah on Friday, looking to build on their 16-22 mark against the 13-27 Jazz in NBA action at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons sit at 16-22 (17-21 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Jazz are currently 13-27 (19-20-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Detroit is 28-10 OU, and Utah is 20-20 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The Pistons - Jazz odds would favor the Jazz if the lines were set according to power ranks. Detroit is rated No. 25 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Jazz sit at No. 24. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 89-86 win for the Pistons.

Utah lost its last outing, a 109-105 result against the Spurs on January 15. The Jazz covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog, while the 214 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Jazz got a 25-point performance from Enes Kanter, who added 11 rebounds, but San Antonio still ran past Utah 109-105 on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 110-108 winner as they battled the Suns at home. The Pistons covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 218 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Josh Smith scored 25 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Detroit on Saturday, leading the Pistons to a 110-108 victory over Phoenix at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 17-ranked offense (99.5 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 18 at 101.3 PPG. The Pistons have averaged 44.51% from the field per game, more than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.07% on average).

Next up:
Utah at Minnesota, Saturday, January 18th
Detroit at Washington, Saturday, January 18th