Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Dallas Mavericks hope to take their first victory in this season series against the Utah Jazz.
- The Jazz are coming off of a double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets
- Two games separate these teams in the Western Conference table.
Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz Odds
|Team||Point spread||Total||Money Line|
|Dallas Mavericks||+6.5 -110||-113||+215|
|Utah Jazz||-6.5 -110||-108||-265|
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Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz Predictions and Picks
This will be a tense matchup between similarly ranked teams who are struggling to find consistency in the bubble. The Dallas Mavericks are propped up by the performances of Luka Doncic, but we don’t expect it to be enough against a defensively sound Utah Jazz side – who is looking to bounce back from a tough double-overtime loss.
Utah Jazz def. Dallas Mavericks -265
How to Watch Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz
|Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz Event Information|
|What||Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz|
|Where||The Arena (WWOS), Orlando, FL|
|When||Monday, August 10th, 2020; 3:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||NBATV|
Head-to-Head: Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz
42-30 (7th in West, 13th Overall)
43-27 (6th in West, 11th Overall)
116.5 (1ST of 30)
112.1 (10th of 30)
111.1 (17th of 30)
109.5 (11th of 30)
99.4 (18th of 30)
98.7 (20th of 30)
Leaders (Per Game)
L. Doncic (29.1)
D. Mitchell (24.2)
T-Doncic, Porzingis (9.5)
R. Gobert (13.6)
L. Doncic (8.9)
J. Ingles (5.2)
D. Wright (1.1)
D. Mitchell (1.0)
K. Porzingis (2.0)
R. Gobert (2.0)
W. Cauley-Stein (.689)/L. Doncic (9.6)
R. Gobert (.694)/ D. Mitchell (8.8)
C. Lee (.447)/T. Hardaway (2.9)
B. Bogdanovic (.444)/ B. Bogdanovic (3.0)
Dallas Needs to Close Late
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 9, 2020
The Dallas Mavericks have been inconsistent in the NBA bubble, but that is in no part due to the performances of Luka Doncic. Despite his stellar performances, the Mavericks have failed to hold leads due to their defensive inconsistency – an issue that is front and center against the Utah Jazz.
In their last two matches against the Jazz, the Mavericks put on a stressful show for their fans. The first was a seesaw affair while the second saw the Mavericks fall short after a massive comeback attempt. It was an encouraging result in their last match against the Bucks, where they defeated the Eastern Conference leaders 136-132 in overtime.
The Mavericks have allowed the Jazz to average 117.5 points per game on 50.8% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from deep. If Dallas hopes to have any chance of taking down the Jazz, they’ll need a defensive effort to match the offense that has kept past games so close.
Can Utah Maintain Their Hot Shooting?
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) August 10, 2020
The Utah Jazz are famed as a strong defensive side. With reigning two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert roaming the paint, and a willing group of runners to the three-point line, Utah’s defensive capabilities are rarely in question.
In their most recent loss, against the Denver Nuggets, Utah was able to score a franchise-record 22 three-point field goals while shooting 40% from beyond the arc. They also expect to shoot confidently against the Mavericks, against whom the Jazz have made 15 three-point field goals in each of their previous games.
Considering Dallas’ poor defensive history against the Jazz, head coach Quin Snyder should be encouraged offensively. In order to take this victory though, the Jazz will need a strong team contribution – rather than a singularly stellar effort like they received from Mitchell in their last game.
Jazz Key Player: (G) Jordan Clarkson
Philippine international guard Jordan Clarkson may be a bit of a journeyman at this point in his NBA career, but he brings a valuable skillset to any team he joins. Clarkson is an elite bench scorer whose streakiness belies his true value.
Due to a mid-season trade to the Jazz, Clarkson has played the Mavs four times already this season – twice with Utah and twice with Cleveland. Clarkson has been inconsistent to say the least, scoring 25 and 17 in two outings against Dallas, while contributing five and zero in the other two.
Clarkson’s efficiency as a scorer is paramount to Utah’s success. The guard is averaging 16.5 points on 49.2% shooting in victories versus 14.0 points on 41.7% shooting in losses. He’s no playmaker, but with the season-long struggles of Mike Conley, Clarkson is more often than not the second scoring option after Mitchell.
Mavericks Key Player: (G) Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway Jr. will have his hands full when he faces off with the Utah Jazz. Against a cavalcade of willing defenders, Dallas’ secondary scoring option must be available considering the expected focus on the red-hot Luka Doncic.
Hardaway Jr. is averaging 22 points per game against the Jazz while making seven of 13 three-point attempts. While he wasn’t particularly efficient in his first game against Utah, he was on fire the second time around as he shot 12 of 18 from the field to a 33-point evening.
Hardaway hasn’t been able to find his groove thus far in the season restart, alternating strong performances for weak ones. He’s made three or less field goals in three of five games, while averaging 11.6 field goal attempts per game. To beat the Jazz, Hardaway will need to help take the burden from Doncic.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.