The Utah Jazz (15-11) clash with the Orlando Magic (12-14) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The game is scheduled to get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 206.5 points with Utah opening as a 5.5-point favorite.
Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz ATS Prediction
The last time the Magic played, they topped the New Orleans Pelicans, 130-119, as 1-point underdogs. The combined points for the game (249) finished well over the O/U total of 216.5. Orlando made good use of their 26 trips to the charity stripe, converting on 21 of them (80.8 percent). New Orleans, meanwhile, was just 6-12 (50.0 percent). With 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Jonathan Isaac was Orlando’s high scorer.
The Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors in their last contest, 114-106, but were unable to cover as 14-point favorites. The game’s combined points (220) finished over the O/U total of 211.5. Getting to the free throw line was one of Utah’s biggest strengths. They made 31 trips to the line, while Golden State went 22 times. With 15 points and 15 rebounds, Rudy Gobert played well for Utah.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will meet for the first time this year. In the last matchup, the Jazz won 106-93. Utah’s effective field goal percentage was its biggest strength over Orlando. The Jazz had a rate of 0.560 while the Magic posted a mark of 0.476.
Orlando holds records of 12-14 straight up (SU) and 11-13-2 against the spread (ATS). Games involving the Magic have no tendency in regards to the total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under.
Meanwhile, Utah owns records of 15-11 SU and 10-16 ATS. Games including the Jazz have gone under the O/U total 53.8 percent of the time.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the league’s slowest-paced teams square off. Utah currently ranks 21st in possessions per game (101.5) and Orlando is 29th (99.5).
Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Over
On the road, Orlando is 7-5 ATS with 6 overs and 6 unders.
At home, Utah is 5-8 ATS with 7 overs and 6 unders.
Orlando is 6-3 when they allow less than 100 points, while Utah is 6-1.
The Magic are 9-5 when they reach the century mark, while the Jazz are 14-6.
Orlando ranks second in blocks per game (6.5) while Utah ranks 26th (4.1).
The Magic rank 10th in steals per game (8.1) while the Jazz rank 29th (6.0).
Orlando ranks 13th in points off turnovers per game (17.8) while Utah ranks 28th (14.6).
The Magic rank 16th in fast break points per game (12.8) while the Jazz rank 28th (10.4).
Utah ranks first in assists allowed per game (20.8) while Orlando ranks 13th (23.7).
The Magic rank 19th in second chance points per game (12.4) while the Jazz rank 27th (10.3).
Utah ranks 23rd in points in the paint per game (44.8) while Orlando ranks 26th (43.5).
Over its last five contests, Orlando is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Utah is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under over its last five games.
The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 0.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jazz have scored an average of 110.6 points per game (3.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 111.8 points per game (5.4 above their season average).