Utah has won 20 of its last 22 games while compiling a 19-3 spread record. Eighteen (!) of the 20 wins have been by double-digit margins.
Quin Snyder’s club saw its nine-game winning streak snapped Friday in a 116-112 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers, who had lost to Utah at home two night before. This leaves the Jazz in bounce-back mode for the first time in February tonight when they host Charlotte as a 12-point favorite. As of early this morning, the Hornets were catching 12 with a total of 228.5 points.
The Jazz went into Charlotte a couple of weeks ago and won by a 138-121 count. Utah has produced a 2-1 spread record in three games as a double-digit ‘chalk’ this year, with the lone non-cover coming by only one-half point.
Charlotte is 2-0 ATS as a double-digit underdog, but starting guard Devonte’ Graham is listed as ‘doubtful’ tonight He averages 13.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. Caleb Martin (5.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG) is also ‘out’ for the Hornets.
Utah is completely healthy now after Mike Conley returned to the lineup in Friday’s loss at Staples Center. Conley (16.5 PPG, 5.6 APG) scored 16 points in the losing effort.
Charlotte is off of Friday’s 102-100 win over a Golden St. team that was playing without Steph Curry, Kevon Looney and James Wiseman.
I like the Jazz to get back to its spread-covering ways.
PREDICTION: Utah -12