Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz January 10 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz January 10 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
3 weeks ago
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell drives to the basket against Utah Jazz' Jordan Clarkson

The Cleveland Cavaliers (26-15) continue their tour through the West, as they visit Salt Lake City tonight. J.B. Bickerstaff's crew is after the first seed in the East and has excellent chances of reaching it.

The Utah Jazz (20-23) opened the season well, but later on, slowed down. The Jazz can't find the rhythm over the recent few weeks, posting negative results.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

Following a loss in Denver in the tour's first game, the Cavs responded well, winning in Phoenix. The franchise from Ohio used all the problems the Suns encountered and easily defeated them at the Footprint Center, 112-98.

Bickerstaff's crew was superb in the final period, outscoring the Suns 32-19 over the last 12 minutes. Raul Neto and Lamar Stevens pushed their team throughout that sequence, with the Cavs going on a 27-6 run. 

All five Cavs' starters had ten or more points, with Mitchell and Garland delivering 22 points each. Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro added 14, and Jarrett Allen scored 13 and grabbed 12 boards. 

Tonight's game will be extremely important for Donovan Mitchell, who will return to Vivint Smart Arena for the first time since his trade to Ohio. Mitchell is the eighth-best scorer in the NBA with 28.8 points. 

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Utah Jazz Betting Preview

The Jazz have lost seven of their previous eight games, and we can say without hesitation that they are in trouble. After a solid start, which surprised most of the fans and the experts, the franchise from Salt Lake City slowed down. 

They are back home following a three-game road trip, during which Will Hardy's crew posted a win and two defeats. That triumph was in Houston 131-114, and after that, losses in Chicago, 126-118, and Memphis, 123-118. 

Utah was constantly behind the Grizzlies in Tennessee, without any chances of challenging the hosts even though Ja Morant didn't play. Markkanen was the top scorer with 21 points. Kelly

Kelly Olynyk scored 19, while Jordan Clarkson added 17, before getting ejected in the third quarter. 

Former Cavalier in Colin Sexton is out, and we won't see him playing against the team that drafted him a few years ago. He was the centerpiece of the Cavs' package for Mitchell along with Lauri Markkanen, who is now Utah's best player. 

Odds

The Jazz know to be nasty at home, and we've seen them beating some pretty strong teams in Salt Lake City. The Cavs are three-point favorites, yet their win isn't certain due to several factors, some of them being Utah's better performances at home and the Cavaliers' fatigue.

Meanwhile, the line for the total is 227.5 points. We know the Jazz' defense is pretty slim, which will open enough space for the Cavs' versatile and diversified attack. Mitchell will have a massive motive to show himself in the best possible way in his former house. 

Utah too has a terrific offense, and they will try to beat the rivals by scoring more points, not by playing tough defense.

Overall, we expect to see more than 227.5 points in tonight's affair.

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