Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic
* Match played in Mexico City (2.250m altitude)
Orlando was chosen to take part in both games hosted by Mexico (as part of the NBA Global Games) and they are coming from a win (97-91) against Bulls in the first one, a couple of days ago, to end their 3 games losing streak though, despite the win, their offensive struggle continues as they average just about 87 points per game in their last 3, shooting with a terrible 39.2%!
Utah ended their 2 games losing streak with a morale-boosting win (111-84) against the Heat, their 6th over their last 10 games, at home and they are looking to build on that momentum. In contrast to the Magic, their offense is sharp at the moment, averaging 107 points in their last 3 games, shooting with 49%.
Both teams rank among the top 5 in defensive efficiency on away games (both actually play on the road today) at the same time that both teams rank among the worst 10 teams in offensive efficiency on away games, thus this is not expected to be a highly entertaining match. Utah has the edge given their current form and the much better condition of their offense while another thing that might be crucial is that they are far better adapted to high altitude since they are playing at above 1.200m at home games compared to just about 50m of Orlando's and that gives them an extra advantage. Tricky line but Utah has to be the play.
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Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic prediction
|Utah AH -5.5||Pinnacle||1.87||9||89-96 LOST (-9 units)|