The NBA is set up with another solid night of action throughout Thursday night. Five games are up on the board throughout the night of February 5. One of these games will be between the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have had opposite starts to the new season, but will both look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
The Jazz have earned a record of 16-5 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in first place of the Western Conference. Utah is coming off a win in their last game and have won twelve of their last thirteen games. The Jazz have dominated throughout their last stretch of games and will look to continue the hot streak with a win in this one.
Atlanta has posted a record of 10-11 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have struggled a bit as of late, losing back to back games. Atlanta had a game on Wednesday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. The Hawks will look to come out hot in this one as they look for a big win.
These two teams find themselves sitting in playoff spots early in this season, but have had much different records. Utah has been dominant throughout the early portion of this season and will look to keep the wins coming in this one. Atlanta has been hovering around .500 and need a win to get back to even. If either team can come out hot, it could be enough for the win.
The Jazz and the Hawks met up once throughout last season. Atlanta hosted the game on December 19. Trae Young finished with 30 points and Jabari Parker put up 23 points on the night. It was not enough for the Hawks though. Donovan Mitchell dropped 30 points and Rudy Gobert scored 20 points and 13 rebounds. Utah was able to pull away with a 111-106 win on the night.
These two teams met up once already this season in Utah on January 15. Cam Reddish scored 20 points, while Clint Capela dropped 16 points and 11 rebounds. This time the Hawks came up short on the road. Donovan Mitchell finished with 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic put up 17 points. The Jazz were able to run away with a 116-92 win at home.
Utah has been able to win back to back games against the Hawks over this season and last. The Jazz will look to keep that winning streak up in this one. Atlanta will look to end their current losing streak against Utah with a big win in this one. Trae Young only scored 4 points in the first meeting of the season series and will need to play a bigger role if the Jazz are going to win this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Jazz have been solid throughout the early part of this season shooting the ball. Utah has been able to make around 46.1 percent of their shots, which is 15th in the NBA. The Jazz have also made 39.8 percent of their three point shots, which is 3rd in the league. Utah is shooting 75.6 percent from the charity stripe, which is 19th in the NBA.
Atlanta has not been great shooting the ball from the field so far this season. The Hawks are shooting 44.7 percent from the field, which is 24th in the league. Atlanta has also made 35.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Hawks have made 81.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 6th in the league.
Utah has been the better team shooting so far this season, but both teams have been strong on the defensive side. The Hawks have held opposing teams to a 44.6 percent shooting percentage, which is 5th in the NBA. The Jazz have been able hold their opponents to a 44.5 percent field goal percentage. If either team can take over on defense, it could give them the win.
Donovan Mitchell has been the leader for this Jazz team this season. Mitchell is averaging 23.5 points per game. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.5 points per game off the bench. Mike Conley has averaged 17 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 5 points per game. Rudy Gobert has averaged 13.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Joe Ingles helps round out this lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
Trae Young has continued to help step up Atlanta throughout this season. Young has averaged 27 points and 9 assists per game. John Collins is averaging 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Clint Capela has averaged 14 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Cam Reddish is averaging 12 points, while Kevin Huerter has averaged 11.5 points per game.
These two teams have had their stars lead them throughout the early stages of this season. Mitchell has had a great start, while Clarkson has been great off the bench. Trae Young has been doing really well for the Hawks so far this season, and has had some bench players step up with him. Atlanta will likely be without De’Andre Hunter, who is averaging 17 points per game, which will hurt.
These two teams are sitting in a playoff spot to this point in the season, but Utah’s recent winning streak has them in the top spot of the NBA. The Jazz will look to keep that up with a win in this one. I think Utah has a great chance to earn a win, but with the Hawks defense, I think Atlanta can keep it close. Both teams will look to come out hot in this one as they try to set the pace.
BetOnline has the Jazz listed as a -7 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a big edge to Utah on the road in this one. This line seems a little big even for the Jazz. I think that the Hawks can keep this one close with it being at home. If Atlanta’s defense can slow down Utah early, it should help them stay in it. As big underdogs at home, I really like the value on the Hawks against the spread.