Utah Jazz @ Toronto Raptors Free Betting Prediction March 2nd

Tonight the Toronto Raptors begin their 7 game home stand as they host the Utah Jazz.

(28-31) Utah Jazz @ (39-19) Toronto Raptors

Probable starting line-ups:

Utah – PG – Shelvin Mack  SG – Rodney Hood  C – Rudy Gobert  SF – Gordon Hayward  PF – Derrick Favors

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – James Johnson  PF – Luis Scola

Stats Leaders:

Utah – PPG – Gordon Hayward 19.9  RPG – Rudy Gobert 10.5  APG – Gordon Hayward 3.7

Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 23.1  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.2  APG – Kyle Lowry 6.4

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Utah – PF – 98.0 (26th)  PA – 97.2 (3rd)

Toronto – PF – 102.3 (13th)  PA – 97.9 (5th)

Overview:

The Utah Jazz have dropped 3 straight after a 100-95 defeat at the Boston Celtics on Monday evening. Starting point guard Shelvin Mack tallied 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. He shot 8of 13 from the field, 0 of 1 from the free throw line, and 2 of 3 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward Trey Lyles came off the bench to notch a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8 of 18 from the field, 1 of 1 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Gordon Hayward netted 16 points. He also had 6 assists and 4 rebounds. He was 6 of 20 from the field, 2 of 4 from the free throw line, and 2 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Derrick Favors contributed with a double-double as he poured in 11 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks and 2 assists. He shot 5 of 15 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line. The team shot 37.6% from the field, 70.6% from the free throw line, and 29.2% from the 3 point line. They attempted 17 free throws and made 12 of them. They out-rebounded their opponent 66-58. They had 13 of their shots blocks. They turned the ball over 9 times. They only scored 4 fast break points. They scored 46 points in the paint. They had 1 point lead after 3 quarters but were outscored 28-22 in the 4th. Tonight is their 29th road game of the season. They are 9-19 on the road thus far. They are 13-11 versus Eastern Conference opponents this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a 4 game road trip. Their next game is Friday at the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Toronto Raptors had their 4 game winning streak halted with a 114-101 defeat at the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Backup small forward Terrence Ross came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 27 points. He shot 10 of 19 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 4 of 7 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan tallied 20 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. He was 9 of 21 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Back up point guard Delon Wright chipped in with 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. He was 3 of 8 from the field, 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas produced 11 points and 5 rebounds. He shot 5 of 6 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line. The team shot 48.8% from the field, 72.2% from the free throw line, and 48.8% from the 3 point line. They made 10 of their 21 attempted 3-point shots. They were out-rebounded by their opponent 46-37. They had 5 steals in the game. They only turned the ball over 5 times. They scored 8 fast break points and 38 points in the paint. They were outscored 37-20 in the 3rd quarter. Tonight is their 28th home game of the season. They are 21-6 at home thus far. They are 13-9 versus Western Conference opponents this season. Tonight is the beginning of a 7 game home stand. Their next game is Friday at home versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

Utah prevailed 93-89 in their first meeting with Toronto this season. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the Jazz and Raptors.

Prediction:

The Raptors are only 2.5 games behind the Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and they are 21-6 at home. They should grab a win that covers the spread tonight.

Take the Raptors -5 (1.90) (Bet365)

March 2, 2016 by : Posted in Basketball No Comments
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