Cleveland Cavaliers at Utah Jazz Betting Preview/Player Prop
Cleveland has lost two of their first three games on this road trip, and playing the Jazz in Utah presents the most significant challenge yet. The Cavaliers are just 17-29 on the season and are well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
Utah has now won five straight games, and they have the best record in the NBA at 34-11. The Jazz have several teams trying to track them down, but they continue to look like a top team in the league.
The Utah Jazz are 15.5-point favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Cavaliers Looking For Scoring
The Cleveland Cavaliers are scoring just 103 points per game, making them the NBA's lowest-scoring team. That number has actually gotten worse in recent weeks, and it’s going to be a long night for the Cavaliers against a great Utah defense.
Collin Sexton and Darius Garland have emerged as future stars for the Cavaliers, and they have been carrying the team on offense. Sexton leads the way with 24 points per game, and Garland is dishing out nearly six assists.
Cleveland is right around league average in terms of scoring defense, but they will have their work cut out for them in this game. The Cavaliers do have some impressive wins on their resume, but they aren’t consistent enough to win games.
Jazz A Complete Team
The Utah Jazz are averaging 117 points per game this season while holding opponents to just 108 points per night. Both of those numbers are top-five in the league, and that’s why the Jazz currently have the best record in the league.
Utah is led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, giving this team a terrific inside-outside combination. Mitchell is averaging nearly 26 points per game, while Gobert is a double-double machine.
The Jazz have surrounded their two biggest stars with some great shooters, and they can light it up at any time. When Utah's shots are falling, it makes them nearly impossible to beat.
Jazz Jump All Over Cavs
Covering a 15.5-point spread in the NBA is never easy, but this game is a complete mismatch. Cleveland doesn’t have the offense to challenge most teams in the NBA, especially a great defensive team like the Jazz.
Utah has lost just two home games all season long, and they are extremely impressive on their home floor. Cleveland is a team headed in the wrong direction, and this game will get out of hand in a hurry.
Utah is not looking to end that winning streak anytime soon, and it won’t happen at home against Cleveland. Bet the Utah Jazz -15.5 as they roll to a 20-point win on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
DUNKEL INDEX PICK: Utah Jazz -15.5
Jordan Clarkson (-105) Over 16.5 Points
The Utah Jazz have been on a roll, winning five straight games and outscoring their opponents by a total of 77 points over that span. Tonight they'll face an undermanned Cavaliers team that has lost three of their last four games and have the sixth-worst record overall.
This matchup could get out of hand and that would likely mean more minutes for Jordan Clarkson and Utah's bench unit. In the first matchup between these two teams this season Clarkson scored 21 points, with five threes, on 57% shooting. Clarkson has averaged 25 ppg this season when he plays more than 30 minutes.
Utah still holds the best record in the league overall and I expect them to have no problems with the Cavs tonight. While the Jazz should score plenty, the only question is who will be getting those buckets. With the recent rest days for Conley, and the playoffs coming up, I think Clarkson will pick up the slack and go over 16.5 points tonight.
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