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Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz

January 27, 2024


The Utah Jazz will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM ET on Saturday evening and will air on Bally Sports Charlotte.

The Utah Jazz are in 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 23-23 following Thursday’s 123-108 win on the road against the Washington Wizards which also ended their three-game losing streak. The Jazz have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this season as they enter this game averaging 117.54 points per game which ranks 11th in the NBA. Lauri Markkanen has played a pivotal role in the success the Jazz have had offensively as he leads the team in scoring, and rebounds while being 2nd on the team in steals with an average of 23.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 0.92 steals per game. Defensively, Utah has been one of the worst teams in the NBA as they are allowing the 8th most points per game in the league with an average of 119.24 points per game. The Utah Jazz will look to build off the momentum following the win on the road against the Wizards when they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets.

The Charlotte Hornets continue to be one of the worst teams in the league with a record of 10-33 which gives them the 3rd worst record in the Eastern Conference and the 4th worst record in the NBA. Charlotte has been the 3rd lowest-scoring team in the NBA this season with an average of 108.74 points per game which is a far cry from the offense we have gotten used to seeing over the past few seasons as they have switched from a team with a high tempo philosophy to a team that plays at one of the slowest-tempos in the league. 

Defensively, Charlotte has been just as abysmal as they are allowing the 7th most points per game in the NBA with an average of 119.76 points allowed per game. LaMelo Ball has missed over half the season but when healthy he is one of the best players on the team as he is averaging 24.3 points and 8 assists per game. The Charlotte Hornets will look to end their two-game losing streak when they host the Utah Jazz on Saturday evening.

BookMaker has the Utah Jazz listed as 9-point favorites on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening. Utah has won nine of the last ten and two of the previous three meetings while going 6-3-1 ATS in the last ten and covering the spread in two of the last three games in the series. The Utah Jazz are 27-18-1 ATS overall, 11-13-1 ATS on the road, and 8-2 ATS as a favorite this season while the Charlotte Hornets are 16-27 ATS overall, 8-12 ATS at home, and 16-23 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Utah enters this game with a better record and has been the dominant team in the series, winning nine of the last ten and two of the previous three meetings. The Jazz are 6-3-1 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in two of the last three games in the series while also having been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 27-18-1 ATS overall and 8-2 ATS as a favorite while the Hornets are 16-27 ATS overall and 16-23 ATS as an underdog. Lay the points with the Utah Jazz when they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: Utah Jazz -9