Jazz vs Cavaliers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/20/23

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-12) vs Utah Jazz (10-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Utah Jazz and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. Here’s a Jazz vs Cavs Prediction.

Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz have been in decent shape as they've won three of their last four games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after blowing past the Nets in a 125-108 home win on Monday. Collin Sexton led the team with 27 points and six assists, Talen Horton-Tucker added 27 points with six assists while Lauri Markkanen chipped in with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 49 percent from the field and 14 of 34 from the 3-point line as they allowed the Nets to get off to a decent start and trailed going into halftime, before they exploded for 71 points in the second half to make it look easy in the end. Walker Kessler had a strong game of 14 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks on six of eight shooting, while Simone Fontecchio scored just two points on one of seven shooting.

Utah Jazz Player Facts

  • Collin Sexton ranks 16th amongst qualified players for FT% (88.9%) this season.
  • Simone Fontecchio is one of only 125 players in the league shooting at least 85% from the free-throw line this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in fine form as they've won seven of their last 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after outlasting the Rockets in a 135-130 overtime home win on Monday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 37 points and six assists on 14 of 27 shooting, Sam Merrill added 19 points off the bench while Max Strus chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 19 of 48 from the 3-point line as they squandered a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter to allow the Rockets to extend the game, before they made up for it with an decisive 11-2 run to start the overtime perdiod to pull away in the end.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.8) this season.
  • Jarrett Allen ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FG% (67.2%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for Q4 points per game this season (25.8).
  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for H2 points per game this season (54.0).
  • The Jazz rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.6).
  • The Jazz rank 30th in the league for turnovers per game this season (17.0).

Jazz vs Cavs Prediction

The Jazz are still shorthanded with Jordan Clarkson and Keyonte George both out, while the Cavaliers have ruled out Ty Jerome and Darius Garland once again. The Jazz have gotten off to a poor start this season, but they've sprung to ife with three wins in their last four games and they looked great in their big win over the Nets on Monday. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are coming in better form as they've been playing some great basketball and they just took down the Rockets in overtime in their last outing. The Jazz have shown signs of life recently, but the Cavaliers are still the better team with Mitchell leading the way and I think they take care of business at home in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Cleveland -6.5

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