Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Predictions, Picks, and Odds: How to Bet on the Upcoming NBA Clash

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Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Predictions, Picks, and Odds: How to Bet on the Upcoming NBA Clash

The Dallas Mavericks host the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Arena on Thursday night. The game starts at 8:40 PM ET. This particular NBA contest promises to be very intriguing. Dallas opened as a 13.5-point home favorite. The total is set at 238.5.

The Jazz played the Thunder last night and lost 119-107 on the road, so they will be in the second game of a back-to-back while the Mavericks outlasted the Spurs 113-107 in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Jazz Can’t Keep Up With Thunder

The Jazz stayed in the game against the Thunder despite playing without Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson, two of their top three scorers. The Thunder went on a 20-4 run midway through the fourth quarter and at one point led 100-86.

Collin Sexton had a monster game with 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 30 minutes off the bench, John Collins had 16 points and six rebounds, and Taylor Hendricks added 12 points, four rebounds, and three blocks.

The Jazz turned the ball over 15 times and just could not contain Chet Holmgren and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who combined for 66 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.

Mavericks Prevail in San Antonio

The Mavericks fought hard in a back and forth contest and found a way to escape San Antonio with a 113-107 win against the Spurs. Kyrie Irving led the way with 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, and Luka Doncic had 18 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes, but it was an off night for him.

Doncic shot poorly, going just 6-of-27 from the field and 2-of-12 from 3-point range but still recorded his eighth triple-double in the last 10 games. It was just the sixth time that Doncic has shot worse than 25% while playing regular minutes in his career.

“Yes, it does count as a ‘W,’” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said after the game. “Not all wins are pretty.”

Keys to the Game

To beat the Mavericks, the Jazz need to leverage their rookies’ energy and potential for unexpected performances, especially from Taylor Hendricks and Keyonte George, capitalizing on their defensive and offensive flashes, respectively.

They must exploit the Mavericks’ occasional struggles against weaker teams by maintaining a high intensity and exploiting any lack of focus from the Mavericks, ensuring they make the most of the increased roles for players like Johnny Juzang and Micah Potter.

The Mavericks can defeat the Jazz by harnessing the dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, exploiting their superior experience and skill to control the game’s pace and execution.

The Mavs need to maintain consistent effort against a rebuilding Jazz team, avoiding underestimation. Solidifying their defense to limit the impact of the Jazz’s young talents and maximizing offensive efficiency through strategic plays tailored to exploit the Jazz’s inexperience will be key.

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How to Bet This Game

As mentioned before, the Jazz played last night and being on the second leg of a back-to-back is not easy. It’s hard to like their chances to win this game. That said, Markkanen didn’t play against the Thunder because of workload management, so he should be available against the Mavericks.

Irving is playing out of his mind right now and Doncic will not have another dismal shooting performance. The Mavericks are laying 13.5 points here and while Doncic will play much better and lead them to a win, Markkanen’s presence will help the Jazz cover this large spread.

Dallas wants to win, not blow out Utah, if they have a decent lead late in the game they will likely rest their starters and that’s when the Jazz can take advantage and close the gap. The Mavericks win but the Jazz will cover!

NBA Pick: Utah Jazz +13.5 (-108) at FanDuel

Doncic played 40 minutes against the Spurs and missed 21 shots. Despite this, he recorded his 18th triple-double of the season. I don’t see him playing poorly in two straight games, and even if he does, he will still find a way to contribute, just like he did in San Antonio. The Jazz rank 29th in defensive rating, and they also have playmakers like Markkanen and Sexton who can score at will. I’m taking the over here.

NBA Pick: Over 238.5 (-110) at FanDuel

These two teams play again on Monday at the Delta Center in Utah, and it will be another can’t-miss game. The Jazz and Mavericks are heading in opposite directions, Utah is focusing on developing their young talents, and they’re even discussing the possibility of trading Markkanen, their best player, in the offseason, while Dallas desperately need to win so they can climb in the standings and improve their playoff seeding.

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