utah jazz vs charlotte hornets prediction and preview

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NBA utah jazz vs charlotte hornets prediction and preview


 

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The Utah Jazz look to rebound when they take on the Charlotte Hornets at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday night beginning at 9 pm EST. Utah is favored by 12-points, down from 12.5-points, while the total stands at 228-points.

The Hornets have picked up wins in 2 of their last 3 after taking out the Golden State Warriors at home by 2-points as Terry Rozier went off for 20 points in the 4th, including hitting the game-winner, to edge the Warriors. The guard finished with 36 points, his 4th-straight game with 30+ points as the Hornets shot 49% as a team while connecting on 20 3-pointers. Charlotte was also able to cover as 2.5-point dogs and are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 outings.

The Jazz halted an extended win streak as they were snake-bitten on the road versus the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night in the finale of a 2-game set. In the end, 35 from Donovan Mitchell along with another 23 points from Bojan Bogdanovic was not enough for a Jazz team that allowed 48% shooting to the Clippers. The loss was the 1st for the Jazz in a tad less than a month (9 games). The Jazz also broke an 8-game win streak against the spread failing to cover as 1-point underdogs versus Los Angeles.

Utah will take the floor for this contest seeking their 7th-straight win over the Hornets (6th-straight at home). The Jazz has covered in 4 of the last 5 matchups, including in 3 of their last 5 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

 

Rozier heats up late in win

Rozier has been on a tear as of late averaging 35 points per game in his last 4 starts. Furthermore, he was the hero yet again in their win over the Warriors as he hit 2 late free-throws while nailing the game-winner as the Hornets captured 14-win of the season while narrowly remaining atop the Southeast division standings. However, it should be mentioned that the Hornets remain a game below .500 on the year while Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks are right on their heels standing only 2-games out (or less) of the top-spot.

 

However, Rozier struggled a bit in the team's 17-point home loss to the Jazz earlier this month going 6-16 from the floor while missing 6 of his 8 treys for 15 points. In his place, Gordon Hayward along with Lamelo Ball stepped up to deliver 25 and 34 points, respectively, with Hayward posting a double-double. However, 2 monster 30+ point nights from Mitchell and Bogdanovich along with 26 3-pointers was too much to overcome as the Jazz hung 138 points on the road.

 

Jazz see encouraging signs in loss

The Jazz was able to weather the early storm by the Clippers, but was never able to claim the victory as the team shot 48% while nailing 12 3-pointers with 8 total by Mitchell and Bogdanovich. Jordan Clarkson also came up big off the bench yet again with 19 points in 27 minutes of play; However, the play of point guard Mike Conley (16 points) was just as huge and possibly signaling that the Jazz are a team that could possibly be 'that team'.

 

“You know, it is encouraging,” noted Mike Conley to the Salt Lake Tribune, who returned to the lineup following a six-game absence. “We knew that this team is one of the top teams in the league, especially when everybody’s in the lineup. “For us to play a game like we played tonight, and be able to finish the way we did and execute down the stretch against a good team like this,” he added, “I think it’s a great lesson.”

 

The Jazz are currently 5 games ahead of the Portland Trailblazers for tops in the Northwest division. However, it should be noted that Utah has a date with the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night at home before ending the year on a 4-game East Coast road trip. They will certainly be seeking to atone for their loss to the Clippers at home where they are 13-2 on the year (12-3 ATS).