Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz Predictions, betting tips and odds
The NBA regular season has started in a strange way. The champions Golden State Warriors have started in disappointing fashion as their defense has been among the worst and as a result the playing field has been unpredictable so far. The defenses are still building up but every day the average score is going down. What will the score be when the Dallas Mavericks take on the Utah Jazz.
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The Mavs won against the Orlando Magic 114:105 as Luka Doncic collected 44 points. The Mavericks have won three of six games and are yet to achieve any consistency to score their season. However, with Luka Doncic killing the defences, they can amp it up in the coming windows. The overall complexion of the team is still plagued with inconsistencies and the front line has been affected by omissions.
The defense has been decent so far, but not as strong as last season. The team reached the conference finals last season and as a result, they entered with high expectations. Losing Jalen Brunson has hurt the combinations while the arrival of Christian Wood has helped they need him more. The front line will need to sharpen their tools to sustain a league-winning effort.
The Jazz continued their phenomenal season and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 121:105 as Lauri Markkanen had 31 points and 11 rebounds. They have won six games out of eight and that is well above the expectations placed on them. Lauri led the team in points in five of eight games and in the rebounds department as well. The Jazz went 115+ in most games and their long-range shot clicked.
Although the team doesn’t have star-level guards, they do have guard depth with Clarkson, Conley, Sexton and Beasley. Malik Beasley particularly improved the long range exit and the Jazz look unstoppable from the perimeter. Jarred Vanderbilt slotted the hustle into the starting lineup and with a deep bench, the Jazz have plenty of injury cover. It remains to be seen whether the Jazz can keep up their pace, but their fanbase has received some sweet surprises from them.
- Mavericks: OUT: Frank Ntilikina, Davis Bertans. DOUBTFUL: Christian Wood;
- Jazz: OUT: Leandro Bolmaro, Simone Fontecchio.
- Score expectations: Luka Doncic (30+ points), Lauri Markkanen (22-27 points), Jordan Clarkson (19-25 points);
- Rebound expectations: Luka Doncic (9-13 rebounds), Lauri Markkanen (9-13 rebounds), Jarred Vanderbilt (8-11 rebounds);
- Assist expectations: Luka Doncic (9-13 assists), Jordan Clarkson (6-9 assists).
Expert Betting Tips
The Mavericks are in incredible shape with Doncic leading the offense, but they’re too reliant on him. For the Jazz, they received significant bench production as their long-range shot clicked and the team’s depth is certainly enviable. The Mavs also have a strong bench with Christian Wood, Maxi Kleber and Tim Hardaway Jr. also holding down the fort, but consistency is lacking.
I believe the Jazz will start by giving the Mavs a huge fightback and I see Lauri Markkanen filling the score again, having reached the peak of his career. Doncic has been great but he still has too much to do, albeit the backcourt partnership with Spencer Dinwiddie. In terms of matchups, while the Mavs have the advantage at Point, Markkanen has the advantage in the big Forward game. I see a close battle but the Mavs win in the end. I see the rating range in 225-235.