Raptors Making Moves, Jazz Look Ahead
Two teams heading in different directions clarified their plans for the remainder of the season. The Utah Jazz, who are a half-game out of the play-in tournament in the Western Conference, traded away three core players in favor of salary cap space.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors brought back Jakob Poeltl and otherwise stood pat while facing upcoming salary decisions. Yet the NBA betting lines aren’t great on them, as they are 10th in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s check the latest NBA news, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Jazz vs Raptors. We’ve got plenty of NBA picks for you to consider.
Jazz Look to Break Losing Streak
The Utah Jazz’s front office has made life difficult for their players and coaches. They sent away Malik Beasley, Mike Conley Jr., and Jared Vanderbilt while acquiring Russell Westbrook, who is rumored to be receiving a buyout.
The Jazz were one of the NBA’s surprises early in the season, leading the Western Conference. They have since plummeted in the standings because of a poor defense. Utah is fourth in scoring at 117.5 points per game, 15th in making 47.3% of field goal attempts, 12th in making 36.4% of 3-point shots, and 13th in making 78.8% of free throws.
The Jazz are eighth in rebounding at 44.4 per game and 14th defensively in allowing 43.6 rebounds per game. Defensively, they are 24th in allowing 117.1 points per game, 25th in allowing teams to make 48.1% of shots, and 19th in allowing teams to make 36.4% of 3-pointers.
Utah is 30-26 against the spread (ATS) and 31-25 on over/unders this season. It also sports a 9-17 road record straight up.
Raptors Rolling on Three-Game Winning Streak
Winning three straight, though only one against an NBA playoff team, allowed the Toronto Raptors to move forward with their personnel adding one familiar face. Still, the Raptors are missing Otto Porter Jr. for the season (toe) and OG Anunoby (wrist) through mid-February.
Efficiency issues persist on both ends of the court for the Raptors.
They are ninth in allowing 112.2 points per game but are 27th in allowing teams to convert 48.9% of field goal attempts and second last in allowing teams to make 37.2% of 3-point shots. Offensively, the Raptors are 19th in scoring 113.0 points per game but are 27th in making 45.4% of field goal attempts and 28th in making 33.5% of 3-point shots.
It is hard to see how Poeltl adds to that. The Raptors are 16th in grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game and 10th in allowing 42.7 rebounds per game. They are 28-28 ATS and 31-25 on over/unders while sporting a 16-12 home record straight up.
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Jazz vs Raptors Head-to-Head
There have been 52 regular season meetings between the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors. The Jazz have 31 wins, while the Raptors have 21.
Scores and odds show the Jazz have won four of the last five meetings straight up and covered two of the last three ATS, which broke a string of six straight covers by the Raptors.
Utah is 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto, where the over is 7-3 in the last 10. The Raptors are 17-5 ATS in the last 22 meetings, and the over is 15-7 in that same stretch.
Jazz vs Raptors Game Information
- Game: Jazz (27-29) vs Raptors (26-30)
- Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
- Day/Time: Friday, Feb. 10th, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Jazz vs Raptors Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Jazz vs Raptors Picks & Prediction
The Utah Jazz is a shell of what they were at the beginning of the season, and the sportsbook recognizes that. While it is not known if Poeltl will be available for the Toronto Raptors on Friday, it should not matter. They are the more talented team, but that has been the case in games they lost.
Public betting data seems to agree, though, as Vegas picks NBA show 64% of bets on the Raptors to cover the spread, and 57% are on the over. Each feels right as both teams have their defensive struggles; just the pace is all that is different. The Raptors may need that quicker pace in order to survive against Utah.
The Toronto Raptors are listed at -270 in our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Raptors, you have a chance to win $37. The Utah Jazz is +220, offering a chance to win $220.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Raptors a 72.97% chance to win, with the Jazz at 31.25%.
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Raptors vs Jazz Previous Game (Feb. 01, 2023)
The Toronto Raptors are on a seven-game West Coast trip that will play a crucial part in the rest of their season. They face the Utah Jazz next on Wednesday. The Jazz have remained one of the top offenses in the NBA and are gradually finding solutions on defense.
In the Raptors’ last game, they lost to the Phoenix Suns 114-106 but kept it close until late. They are 2-2 on their road trip. The Jazz beat a Luka Dončić-less Dallas Mavericks 108-100 on Saturday.
These teams seem to be in different circumstances. The Raptors are dealing with rumors, injuries, extensive minutes for crucial players and a long road trip. On the other hand, the Jazz could have found a lineup to improve their defense and maintain a top offense.