Raptors vs. Jazz prediction, odds, pick and more – 11/18/21
The Raptors and Jazz will battle on Thursday as Utah looks to stay hot at home, while Toronto will look to improve on their 5-2 record on the road. Utah has been one of the tougher places to play in the NBA for some time now, and the Jazz are off to a 5-2 start on their home floor this season. The Raptors come into play losers of four of their last five games, as they have hit a bit of a rough patch over the last few games. Utah has lost three of five, but they picked up a big 120-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. The Jazz are big favorites at home vs. the Raptors on Thursday.
Here are the Raptors-Jazz odds for this Thursday NBA matchup, courtesy of FanDuel.
NBA Odds: Raptors-Jazz Odds
Toronto Raptors +10.5 (-110)
Utah Jazz -10.5 (-110)
Over 214 points (-110)
Under 214 points (-110)
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Why The Raptors Can Cover The Spread
Toronto has been a bit inconsistent this season. At times, they look like a really good team, then other times, not so much. They are capable of playing a competitive game vs. the Jazz, but seemingly also capable of getting blown out by a good Western Conference opponent if their recent home loss to the Detroit Pistons reflects anything about how they might play on Thursday night. The Raptors still a positive net rating this season, and are an average team essentially by the analytics which is backed up by their 7-8 record.
The Raptors are a bit of risky play to keep up with the Jazz, as they have been an inconsistent offensive team at times this season. A cover is in reach, but a win will be difficult to pull off vs. a Utah team that has been better than the Raptors on both ends of the court so far this season. However, the Raptors have been better on the road than at home this season, so who knows.
Why The Jazz Can Cover The Spread
The Jazz rank 2nd in the NBA in net rating behind the Golden State Warriors. They also rank higher than the Raptors in both offensive and defensive rating. They are heavily favored for good reason, but the Raptors have been pesky on the road this season. Utah should be in a great position to pick up another win as they are 5-2 at home this season and clicking on all cylinders early in the new season. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are likely the best two players on the floor Thursday night, so the Jazz should feel confident.
Final Raptors-Jazz Prediction & Pick
Take the Jazz to win and cover at home vs. the Raptors on Thursday night.
FINAL RAPTORS-JAZZ PREDICTION & PICK: Jazz -10.5 (-110)