Jazz Have Largest Closing Spread This Season, Magic with Most Plus Points

  • The Utah Jazz are 40-24 SU on the season but are just 27-36-1 ATS this year.
  • Utah has the largest closing spread this season among all NBA teams at -6.8 points.
  • On the other hand, the Orlando Magic are on the opposite pole with their +7.8 points closing spread being the most points awarded to any team this season.

Ever wondered why the Utah Jazz, the team with the 4th best record in the Western Conference and 6th best record in the entire league, isn’t one of the NBA’s Top ATS teams this season?

Online sportsbooks Barstool Sportsbook and BetMGM recently revealed the updated best ATS team in the NBA this season and surprisingly, the Jazz aren’t in the Top 6:

Jazz Have Largest Average Closing Spread This Season

Utah is winning its games with an average margin of victory of 6.0 points per game which isn’t too shabby. However, the best NBA sportsbooks have been very high on the Jazz this season, perhaps too high for their own good. According to the Barstool Sportsbook, Utah has had the largest average closing spread this season at -6.8 points.

Because of the high standard, the Jazz are just 27-36-1 ATS on the season, the 6th worst ATS record in the league this season.

In their last four games, the Jazz were favored by double-digits twice, as a -15 against the Houston Rockets and as a -14 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Utah won both games but they beat the Rockets by only five and the Thunder by seven points. In their last game, Utah was the +2.5 point underdog against Dallas but lost the game 113-101, for another ATS loss. They have covered the betting spread just once in their previous seven games.

So while the Jazz are 40-24 SU on the season and top of the Northwest Division, 4th in the West, and 6th in the entire NBA, they aren’t one of the most profitable teams this season. Sure, a Moneyline bettor would be 40-24 on them this season but given how high the top NBA sportsbooks have held them this year, wagering on their Moneyline isn’t a profitable venture either.

Magic Unable to Take Advantage of Plus Points

While the Jazz have been unable to perform well against the betting spread this season due to high expectations, the Orlando Magic have been unable to take advantage of the plus points awarded to them all season long. The Magic’s average closing spread of +7.9 points is the longest among NBA teams this season. Despite that, Orlando has been able to put up an ATS record of 29-36 this season or a cover rate of 44%. The Magic’s margin of victory is -8.0 points, meaning they are dropping games by an average losing margin of 8 points per game.

The Detroit Pistons have the second-longest closing spread this season at 7.7 points and unlike the Magic, they have been able to make use of the plus points given to them. Although the Pistons have a margin of victory of -8.9 points per game, they are 33-30-1 ATS on the season, including 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight games. Detroit is also 6-2 SU in their last eight games and has produced a profit of over $1,500 for a $100 bettor at their Moneyline during that span, including a $240 ML win over the Hawks the last time out.

Another team taking advantage of the plus points awarded to them this season is the Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC has the third-longest closing spread in the league this season at +7.4 points. OKC is 38-22-4 ATS this season and at a cover rate of 63.3%, they are the second-best ATS team in the NBA. While the Thunder are just 20-45 SU this season, they have been a profitable bet at the spread line this year.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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