The Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets are expected to play a close game on Monday night in the eyes of oddsmakers, but does Brooklyn have an edge?
The Nets are facing a Utah team that has struggled on the road (9-17 straight up), and the Nets are expected to get Ben Simmons (probable) back in action on Monday.
Brooklyn has won just two of its last nine games, but the team has put together some better showings as of late, partially thanks to some massive scoring nights from Mikal Bridges.
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Let’s break down the odds and my best bet for this inter-conference showdown:
Jazz vs. Nets odds, spread and total
Jazz vs. Nets how to watch
- Date: Monday, Jan. 29
- Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
- Venue: Barclays Center
- How to watch (TV): Root Sports Northwest, YES Network
- Jazz record: 24-23
- Nets record: 18-27
Jazz vs. Nets injury reports
Jazz injury report
- Taylor Hendricks – out
- Johnny Juzang – out
- Micah Potter – out
- Brice Sensabaugh – out
- Jason Preston – out
Nets injury report
- Dorian Finney-Smith – out
- Day’Ron Sharpe – out
- Dariq Whitehead – out
- Ben Simmons – probable
Jazz vs. Nets key players to watch
Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been on a tear since the start of the new year, averaging 24.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point range. He’s going to be a tough guard for Brooklyn, even if Simmons returns to action.
Mikal Bridges: Over his last nine games, Bridges is averaging 26.0 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from 3. The Nets are somehow just 2-7 over that stretch, but Bridges has given the team a major lift scoring the ball. This is a favorable matchup against a Utah team that is in the bottom 10 in the NBA in defensive rating.
Jazz vs. Nets prediction and pick
Utah has not been good on the road this season, and that includes against the spread. The Jazz are just 12-13-1 ATS in road games, losing those matchups by an average margin of 8.8 points per game.
While the Nets have struggled lately, the team is better at home (11-12) than it is on the road this season.
Also, Brooklyn is 8-3 ATS when favored at home, which gives me confidence that it can win this matchup outright.
The return of Simmons may help the team’s defense, but ultimately the Nets are going to need Bridges to keep playing at a high level.
Don't be fooled by Utah’s road wins over Washington and Charlotte. This is a game the Nets can – and should – win.
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