Last season the Brooklyn Nets snuck into the Eastern Conference playoffs on the back end, while the Utah Jazz found themselves on the outside looking in. Now the situation is a bit reversed, as the Nets and Jazz meet up in a game that is scheduled to begin at 9:35 PM ET at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. And guess what? Even after the opening tipoff, BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity to challenge the basketball betting odds in real time as the game is in progress, courtesy of the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.
The Nets are going through a transformation of sorts, and a lot of that was brought on by the deal to bring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from Boston to the Big Apple. As a result, there is no first-round draft choice coming this season, and with Garnett and Pierce long gone, there would be something of a “rebuild” going on. Further evidence of that would be the buyout of veteran (and seven-time All-Star) Joe Johnson, who ultimately landed in Miami. They are 16-42 straight-up and 29-29 ATS.
The Jazz are really battling for an opportunity to make the playoffs in the West. They are in pretty good position, with a 28-29 record that as them a half-game behind the Houston Rockets, and they are 28-27-2 against the basketball pointspread. Their calling card has been defense, and that is anchored by Rudy Gobert, who is alternately called the “French Rejection” and the “Stifle Tower.” They are smarting right now because they are coming off their lowest point total of the season in a 96-78 loss to the San Antonio Spurs two nights ago. But they had averaged 113 points over their previous three games, and the Nets have found themselves often wanting on the defensive end.
In the basketball betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Jazz are laying a lot of points:
Utah Jazz -11.5 Brooklyn Nets +11.5
Over 198.5 points -110 Under 198.5 points -110
Gobert is someone who has the ability to give a lot of big men a hard time, and he out the clamps on Brook Lopez the last time these teams met. Lopez, a 20-point-per-game scorer, had just eight points and three rebound sin the 108-86 Utah victory which took place on January 22. The Jazz had balance, to say the least, with seven players scoring in double digits.
Needless to say, the Nets have not been a strong road team, and that didn’t seem to bode well for them as they embarked on a nine-game road trip, the longest in the history of the franchise. In fact, they had lost seven games in a row as the visitor before beating Phoenix two nights ago. Brooklyn had 66 points at the half against the defenseless Suns en route to the 116-106 victory.
BetAnySports patrons who were wondering what they were going to do without Johnson may have gotten some relief with Bojan Bogdanovic’s 24-point performance in Phoenix. Upon taking over for Lionel Hollins, who was fired, interim coach Tony Brown committed himself to stepping up the pace for his team, and the Nets have played 12 of their last 15 games over the total. They have topped their season average of 45% shooting in seven of their last eight games. It should be noted that Utah is trending toward the “over” as well (five of the last seven), although between them, these squads have averaged only 19 fast break points.
The Jazz have benefited from the acquisition of Shelvin Mack, who at the very least bolsters them at the point guard position. Mack is tallying 13.7 ppg since he came over from the Atlanta Hawks. For Quin Snyder’s team, the future is now, while the Nets, who just hired Sean Marks as their general manager, will be mulling whether Brown will be their coach going forward or whether they will go after more of a “name” coach.
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