Golden State Warriors v Utah Jazz
It was always destined to be an adjustment season for the Utah Jazz. In the NBA, it’s nigh on impossible to be permanently competitive, but the golden era of Stockton-to-Malone has never seemed so far away in Salt Lake City after the Jazz's 1-9 start to the new campaign.
It's likely to get even worse for the Jazz when they visit Golden State tonight with the Warriors a perfect 4-0 at home and scoring currently over 16 points per game more than their visitors. Utah are putting up a league-worst 88.8 points per night, dropping to 84.6 on the road. And that explains they’re the only team to have a negative assist-to-turnover ratio in the entire NBA, illustrating their offensive struggles.
The Warriors are favourites by +14.5 on the handicap and with Utah coming off a tough loss to San Antonio on Friday, the fatigue factor can come into play here. But with these two teams set to play again on Monday, don’t be shocked if Golden State rest starters up in the fourth. Better to look under the total points line of 201, available at 1.90.
Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers go to the Washington Wizards tonight with both attempting to break out of unexpected early season toils and start making some impression. The Cavs will get Andrew Bynum back after he missed the team’s last two games due to a family matter.
Coming back off a long-term knee injury, the former All Star is averaging a mere 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in limited minutes, which could open the door to Marcin Gortat who will be keen to dominate for the Wizards. The Cavs are also 0-6 on the road but with Trevor Ariza out for the hosts, have a punt on Cleveland to keep it close on the handicap of +7.5 at 1.91.
Best Bet: Go under 201 total points in Golden State-Utah at 1.90.