Brooklyn Nets at Utah Jazz – NBA March 24

10 p.m. ET – Brooklyn at Utah (-10) O/U: 230.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Brooklyn Nets +10½ (-110) +430 O 230 (-110)
Utah Jazz -10½ (-110) -580 U 230 (-110)

The 30-14 Nets stay out on the road to take on the best the Western Conference has to offer in the 31-11 Jazz in Salt Lake City. Brooklyn picked up a big win on Tuesday night in Portland, 116-112, needing a monster performance from James Harden (25 points, 17 rebounds) with fellow superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving not in the lineup. Utah is returning home after blowing out the Bulls in Chicago on Monday night, 120-95.

These two teams met on Jan. 5 prior to the Nets acquisition of James Harden, however, they had no problems blowing the Jazz out 130-96 that night.

Brooklyn will be led by former NBA MVP Harden, who is averaging 25.4 points, 11.5 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game in a Nets uniform this season. Durant will not play against Utah because of a nagging hamstring injury that has been bothering him and Irving also is out once again due to personal reasons.

Utah Jazz LogoThe Jazz are led by their All-Star duo of guard Donavon Mitchell and big man Rudy Gobert. Mitchell leads the team with 25.4 points per game and reigning Defensive Player of the Year winner Gobert anchors the defense with three blocks and 13.4 rebounds per game.

Please Note:
It appears that Harden will suit up Wednesday night for the Nets. Unfortunately for them, it should not matter with the Nets already shorthanded and newly acquired Blake Griffin also a game-time decision and not yet ready to make a huge impact anyway. Utah has the best record in the NBA for a reason. The Jazz win games they should win and they usually do so handily.

Brooklyn exerted a lot of effort in its road win the previous night in Portland and likely will be satisfied enough to leave this difficult two-day stretch with a record of 1-1. Meanwhile, the Jazz have been 7-6 in their last 13 following a dominant stretch and will be looking to prove themselves with a dominant performance against the depleted Nets.

If this game gets ugly early, do not be surprised if Brooklyn cuts Harden’s night short.

Utah boasts a massive depth advantage over Brooklyn because of the players who are out and will be able to take control of this game with its second unit. The Jazz should cruise to a double-digit win that makes any number at 10 or below worth laying in what should be an easy win for Utah.

The Bet
Utah -10½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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