The Utah Jazz is thankful to be on safe ground as they land in Texas to face the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
You would have thought an emergency landing would have a negative effect on the Jazz, but Saturday’s win over Orlando begs to differ.
Dallas provides the Jazz with a stiff test and although it’s not getting much respect in online betting markets, an upset could be on the cards.
Utah Jazz Making Headlines
It was a busy week for the Utah Jazz, which included an emergency landing and a record-setting game against Orlando.
Their plane hit a flock of birds before severe turbulence started. Mike Conley recalls the harrowing experience.
“The plane immediately started to bounce and just started tilting to the left,” Conley told reporters. “People in the back of the plane said they saw flames. We started looking down and wondering what just happened. Nobody knows. Everybody’s just quiet. We were just in shock.
“It took the pilots probably five to 10 minutes, probably about 10 minutes, to go through everything, go through their checks and get back to us and let us know what was going on. Because it was obvious that something was really wrong with the plane. It felt like the plane was breaking apart in midair. For five or 10 minutes, it felt like complete helplessness.”
Despite that experience, Utah has since posted three consecutive wins. The 137-91 win over Orlando, which included 18 first-half three pointers. It was an incredible shooting from a team that is running hot.
The damage after a Delta charter carrying the @utahjazz struck a flock of birds mid-air today. The plane turned around and made an emergency landing at @slcairport. #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/h7IyL5usmL
Marc Sternfield (@msternfield) March 30, 2021
Utah has won nine games on the bounce, but it faces a steep rise in opposition after taking on the likes of Orlando, Cleveland and Memphis in recent weeks.
Mavericks Return Home After Winning Road Trip
It was a long but successful road trip for the Dallas Mavericks, which won their last four games.
It was only a matter of time before Dallas started to click and it’s a dangerous team when both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis play well.
The success of the Mavericks doesn’t entirely depend on how their two stars play, but it certainly helps. Doncic averaged 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game, so he is vital.
The supporting crew is starting to pick up the slack and Dallas is capable of beating teams like Utah, especially at home. Dallas has an 11-10 record at American Airlines Center, but expect that win/loss record to improve considerably as the season progresses.
Defense has been a key reason to the Mavericks’ recent success. Coach Rick Carlisle is happy with the recent improvement.
“We knew that we could defend a lot better than we were the first month of the season, the first five weeks,” Carlisle told DallasNews.com. “This team’s showing you what it’s capable of.”
Dallas’ defense will need to be good if it’s going to stop a team that scores 117.2 points per game.
Jazz vs Mavericks Betting Trends
Utah and Dallas have some impressive records this season, but how do they match up in the betting stakes?
We look at the latest betting trends for both teams, to help bettors get an edge before the game tips off on Monday night.
- Jazz are 8-0 in their last 8 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Jazz are 28-13 ATS in their last 41 games overall.
- Jazz are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs a team with a winning home record.
- Jazz are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Dallas.
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on one days rest.
- Mavericks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
- Under is 7-0 in Mavericks last 7 home games.
Jazz vs Mavericks Game Pick
NBA betting lines have Utah as the firm favorites to win, but we’re going against the public consensus.
There is terrific value for Dallas in moneyline markets, so we’re going to grab it with both arms. Dallas is a team heading in the right direction and this will be a good test at home.
We’re not discrediting the form of Utah, which is playing outstanding basketball. However, beating a team like Dallas on the road is not easy to do and it shouldn’t be underestimated.
We would love to see Kristaps Porzingis play and have a big game, which would take some of the pressure off Luka Doncic. If he doesn’t play, expect the ball to be in the hands of Doncic for the majority of the plays.