Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are 8-point home favorites over the Utah Jazz.Â The over/under for the game is set at 200.Â The Utah Jazz needed the All-Start break more than any other team as they have lost thirteen of their last seventeen games and 0-3 since legendary coach Jerry Sloan stepped down.
The new coach for the Jazz is Tyrone Corbin.Â He has to deal with injuries to Mehmet Okur, Andrei Kirilenko, Raja Bell and Ronnie Price along with star point guard Deron Williams being less than 100 percent with a sore wrist and leg injury.Â The Jazz havent played in a week except for Williams, who played 18 minutes in this past Sundays all-star game. Utah still isnt close to being 100 percent. Okur is out at least until early March with a back injury. Kirilenko says hes about three-to-four days away from being ready due to an ankle sprain. Corbin has had only nine of his 12 players available during the past three games in two losses to Phoenix and Golden State.Â Utah has slipped into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference coming out of all-star break with a 31-26 record. Since opening the season 15-5, the Jazz has gone 16-21. The Jazz has failed to cover in 12 of their last 17 matchups. They are 3-13 against the spread when facing opponents with a winning record.
The Mavericks have won thirteen of their last fourteen games and are averaging 108.1 in their last fourteen games. This is the Mavericks lone game during a nine-day period. The Mavericks last played this past Thursday and arent in action again until Saturday when they begin a three-game road trip against Washington. The Mavericks have covered in five of their last seven home games. They are 4-1 against the spread in the past five times theyve hosted Utah.
Dallas is 2-0 versus Utah this season. The Mavericks won 93-81 as 4-point road underdogs on December 3rd with the combined 174 points going der the 193-point total. Utah was playing well back then having won seven in a row entering the matchup. Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points while Jason Terry had 12 points, five assists and five steals. Just nine days later, Dallas beat Utah, 103-97, as 5-piont home favorites. The combined 200 points went er the 195-point total. Nowitzki hurt the Jazz again with 31 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor while pulling down 15 rebounds. Williams had 34 points for Utah.Â I expect the Dallas to roll again tonight.Â I will lay the 8-points with the Mavs as they are a hot team playing against a team that has several injuries.
Dallas Mavericks -8 Utah Jazz