Hornets Hope To Avoid Season Sweep On Home Court
The Utah Jazz were not among the popular NBA picks at the start of the season, but they were atop the Western Conference for much of the first few months.
They have had an unceremonious fall out of the play-in field but are just a half-game ou entering Saturday. A victory and season sweep of the Charlotte Hornets gives the Jazz an opportunity to make up grounds.
Jazz Look To Find Their Winning Ways Again
The Utah Jazz have seen their NBA playoff odds diminish and squandered a golden opportunity after the All-Star break to get back into the hunt. They beat the Orlando Magic last time out to end a four-game losing streak with each loss against teams with worse records.
The Jazz have been solid on both ends of the court. They rank fifth in scoring at 117.2 points per game, 15th in making 47.3% of field goal attempts, 18th in making 35.8% of 3-point shots, and 13th in making 78.9% of free throw attempts.
Defensively, the Jazz are 22nd in allowing 117.3 points per game but rank 17th in holding teams to 47.6% on field goal attempts and 16th at 36.1% on 3-point shots.
Utah lists Jordan Clarkson as questionable with a finger injury, while Collin Sexton remains out with a hamstring issue.
Looking at the past NBA lines, the Jazz are 36-29-2 against the spread and 36-30-1 on over/unders. They are 12-22 straight up on the road. They are 12-19-1 against the spread as favorites and 6-7 against the spread on the road against teams with a losing record.
Hornets Look To Continue Hot Streak Despite Injuries
The Charlotte Hornets recently lost LaMelo Ball for the season and are 2-3 since the guard went down.
If you have been following NBA news, you know that the Hornets have struggled on the offensive end. They are 26th in scoring 111.8 points per game and making 45.5% of field goal attempts. The Hornets are 29th in making 32.8% of 3-point shots and 27th in making 74.7% of free throw attempts.
Defensively, the Hornets allow 117.5 points per game, which ranks 24th and are allowing teams to convert 47.7% of field goal attempts, which ranks 18th, and 36.0% of 3-point shots, which is 14th.
They are 30-35-3 against the spread and 29-38-1 on over/unders. Charlotte is 11-20 straight up at home.
As underdogs, the Hornets are 22-27-3. They are 7-10 against the spread at home against teams with a winning record.
Jazz vs Hornets Game Injuries
Jazz vs Hornets Head-to-Head
The scores and odds show the dominance of the Utah Jazz in the series. The Jazz have 46 wins, while the Charlotte Hornets have 20 wins in 66 regular season meetings. That includes the Jazz winning 9 of the last 10 meetings.
In that span, the Jazz are 7-3 against the spread, and the under is 6-4 in those 10 matchups. On Jan. 23, the Jazz earned a 120-102 victory over the Hornets and covered a spread of 8.5 points while under 236.5 hit — the third straight under in the series.
Jazz vs Hornets Game Information
- Game: Jazz (32-35) vs Hornets (22-46)
- Location: Spectrum Center
- Day/Time: Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Jazz vs Hornets Betting Lines
Jazz vs Hornets Picks & Prediction
The Utah Jazz have the youngest head coach in the NBA with Will Hardy, the 34-year-old who was the top assistant to Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics last season. He was given the job in Utah by former Celtics president Danny Ainge.
Since taking over, the Jazz have been known to flash full-court pressure and 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones against opponents. While the Charlotte Hornets are down a primary ball-handler, they still have pieces capable of dealing with the pressure.
One of the NBA betting lines is a home team who is an underdog. But the Jazz have something to prove and desperately need a win. They are conceivably the better team, even if they are not playing like it. Still, we like the Jazz to win this game and cover the spread.
The Jazz are listed at -140 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Jazz, you can win $171. The Hornets are +120, offering a chance to win $220 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Jazz a 58.33% chance to win, with the Hornets at 45.45%.