|NBA Mavericks vs. Jazz Picks & Predictions for Monday, January 7, 2013|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Monday, 07 January 2013 14:19|
Mavericks vs. Jazz Free Pick
GAME INFO: Last game (Oct. 31): UTAH (-8.5) over Dallas, 113-94. The Dallas Mavs (13-21 SU, 16-18 ATS, 21-13 O/U) are coming off two straight losses and have lost eight of nine. Utah fell at Denver on Saturday, 110-91, getting 10. The Mavs visit Energy Solutions Arena in Sal Lake City to take on the Jazz in Utah at 9pmET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Jazz as 5.5-point favorites over the Mavericks, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 198.5 points. Dallas is 13-21 overall and 5-14 on the road this year, while Utah is 17-18 overall and 10-4 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Jazz opened as a 5.5-point favorite and that’s where the line currently sits, although some books list Utah at -5. The total, meanwhile, has gone from 199 down to 198.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 68% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Jazz. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Utah. According to latest NBA trends, Utah is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Monday games, home team is 25-10-1 ATS in the last 36 meetings and Favorite is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings. Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Dallas is starting to question themselves after losing an overtime game, 99-96 on Saturday to New Orleans. They've now lost four straight at home and have lost 10 straight overtime games. Utah is 10-4 at home this year but has struggled lately quality opponents. Dallas is not one of those quality teams. Utah will try to continue that success while bouncing back from its worst shooting performance of the season, making 35.9 percent from the field and committing 19 turnovers in a 110-91 loss at Denver on Saturday. Al Jefferson was one of the major culprits, hitting just 4 of 13 shots and finishing with 12 points. The center may be looking forward to a return home, where he averages 19.9 points compared to 14.9 on the road, but he scored only 12 on 4-of-11 shooting against Dallas in October.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: UTAH JAZZ -5.5