After getting crushed by 34 points on their home floor last night, the Charlotte Hornets hope to turn things around on the second night of a home back-to-back against the Utah Jazz. Find our Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets predictions, betting picks, and complete matchup preview below to see if they can!
Utah Jazz Vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction
The Utah Jazz enter this matchup against Charlotte as one of the hottest teams in the NBA; they have won 13 of their past 18 games, holding the second-highest (tied) winning percentage in that stretch. Utah is hanging around great company, including teams like Cleveland, Los Angeles (Clippers), Boston, and Denver. So, what has changed that catapulted this team from average to one of the best over the past month?
Inserting Collin Sexton into the starting lineup has been a godsend for the Jazz. Utah is 16-7 this season when Sexton starts; he has averaged 22.1 points and five assists on a 52/42/89 shooting split in those games. Entering this season, Utah’s biggest problem was going to be its backcourt play, as it has one of the worst guard units in the NBA. Or, at least, it did. With Sexton’s play and the deep frontcourt that the Jazz possess, this team is extremely tough to beat.
LaMelo Ball is not going to want to chase Sexton around all game long, and Sexton loves a tough matchup on the defensive end of the floor. Advantage: Sexton. Further, the Hornets’ atrocious (and undersized) frontcourt is going to get obliterated by a team that leans on the size, strength, and talent of Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, and Walker Kessler.
Utah Jazz Vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Jazz -10 (-130)
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Utah Jazz Vs. Charlotte Hornets Best Odds
The Utah Jazz are 11-point road favorites on the spread against Charlotte on Saturday night. Utah has Moneyline odds of -530 to secure the win in any fashion whatsoever, while the Hornets are massive +400 home dogs. The point total for this matchup rests at 233 points, with -110 odds for both the Over and the Under.
Utah Jazz Starting Lineup
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Utah Jazz Vs. Charlotte Hornets Injuries
Part of Utah’s recent success can be attributed to good health. Currently, the Jazz don’t have any players listed on the injury report, giving them a complete roster for this non-conference matchup against the Charlotte Hornets.
On the other hand, Charlotte is still missing several key players: Mark Williams (back), Gordon Hayward (calf), and Kyle Lowry (team decision) will be out for this battle. LaMelo Ball will be a game-time decision due to his lingering ankle injury that has kept him out for much of this 2023-24 regular season.
North Carolina Sports Betting Update
We finally have another North Carolina sports betting update, and it is the biggest one yet! Online sports betting in the Tar Heel state will officially launch on March 11th, a few days before the start of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. It is perfect timing!
Basketball fans in North Carolina are surely rejoicing with the news, especially with how impressive a handful of college programs in the state have been playing. North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, and Wake Forest might all make the NCAA Tournament, giving North Carolina lots to root for come March.
With the launch date officially being announced, you will want to stay updated on every sportsbook, including Caesars North Carolina and FanDuel North Carolina. We have reviews and the projected first-time user promotions for each sportsbook through those links!