Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets: NBA Picks Against the Spread
Utah Jazz at Brooklyn Nets
Tuesday, 12/18/12, 7:30 PM EST, TV: YES
Opening Point Spread: Brooklyn -4.5
Current Betting Line: Brooklyn -4.5
Opening Total: 192.5
Current Total: 192.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Utah will try to snap a two-game losing streak, as it comes off a 99-86 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies as two-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for a third-straight time. The Jazz have compiled a 4-10 road record this season, including a 2-2 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents. The franchise won both games in last year’s season series against Tuesday night’s opponent, including a 105-84 win as 1.5-point road underdogs on March 26. Utah is 4-11-1 ATS in its last 16 road games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA picks against the spread.
The Jazz have four probable starters that are averaging double figures in scoring, with center Al Jefferson leading the way. He is scoring 17.4 points and grabbing 10.3 rebounds per game, which has allowed him to tally 13 double-doubles in 25 games. Utah was unable to hold onto a 12-point first half lead last time out, while it was outscored by a 50-38 margin in the paint.
Brooklyn had its mini two-game winning streak snapped in a 83-82 defeat to the Chicago Bulls as 4.5-point road underdogs on Saturday, while going UNDER the posted total of 184. The Nets are 8-5 at the Barclays Center this year, but have a losing 2-3 record versus Western Conference foes. The team is just 2-6 in the month of December after winning 11 of 15 games in November. Brooklyn is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games overall, which must be considered when looking over the pro basketball odds page.
The Nets have held their last five opponents to 100 points or less, but has managed to post a 2-3 record in that span. Brooklyn is 12-4 when holding opponents to 100 or fewer points, while going 1-6 when allowing opponents to go over that mark. Guard Joe Johnson is the player to watch on the offensive end, shooting 50 percent and averaging 20.8 points over his last four games. Center Brook Lopez is expected to play his third game since returning from a back injury, as he looks to build off an 18-point performance last time out.
Sports bettors will likely back the Nets due to the favorite going 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings, while the Jazz are 1-7 ATS on the road versus a team with a winning home record.
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