NBA picks: 4 best bets for Jazz vs Raptors
Jack Green provides his four NBA predictions for Friday night's game between the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors in Tampa.
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Utah Jazz (-5)
The Raptors have lost six consecutive games and now face a tough match-up against the Western Conference leaders.
Utah has gone 2-2 since All-Star Weekend but still has the best record in the entire league (29-11) and also ranks first in net rating this season.
The Jazz are 16-5 against Eastern Conference opponents and 13-9 on the road, while Toronto has an 8-9 record in its temporary Tampa home.
Over 230.5 points
Six of Utah’s last eight games have seen over 230 total points scored.
The Raptors have struggled offensively in recent weeks, but they have scored at least 120 points in three of their last seven, and they’ve allowed an average of 121.7 points across their last six contests.
Donovan Mitchell over 25.5 points
Mitchell is the Jazz’s leading scorer and he has averaged 28.2 points per game in March so far.
The two-time All Star scored 42 against the Washington Wizards on Thursday night and is averaging 27.1 points per game against Eastern Conference teams this season.
Kyle Lowry over 7.5 assists
Lowry has averaged 7.5 assists per game this season but that number has jumped to 10.8 across his last eight contests.
The Raptors' point guard has had at least eight assists in seven of the last eight games, including 15 against the Pistons on Wednesday night.
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