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Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction

Utah Jazz

January 28

02:30

Dallas Mavericks

Utah Jazz

Dallas Mavericks

Two Western Conference sides clash in the early hours on Thursday, as the Dallas Mavericks (8-9) travel to Salt Lake City against an in-form Utah Jazz (13-4) team next.

In what will be billed as the battle of their respective duos: Mitchell-Gobert vs Doncic-Porzingis, the hosts put their nine-game winning streak on the line - no-one leaguewide boasts a similar run of late.

Can the Mavericks be the team to snap their recent winning form? How will the likes of Bojan Bogdanovic and Mitchell fare, after underwhelming displays overnight vs the New York Knicks? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Preview

Donovan Mitchell has entered the MVP discussion in recent weeks with career-high numbers in 3P% (39.5) and assists (4.9), but didn't showcase his developemnts with a disappointing showing overnight.

The 23-year-old shooting guard was 3-of-15 from the field (2-of-9 from three), with nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

It didn't matter though, as Utah held the Knicks to just 13 fourth-quarter points and earned a comeback win - having been down 13 at half-time. Post-game, head coach Quin Snyder and his All-Star centre Rudy Gobert spoke about winning ugly while having the patience to endure tough moments.

"We did a lot of good things that didn't show up on the scoreboard. People talk about winning ugly, tonight ugly was pretty."

Gobert finished with 19 rebounds, 18 points, four blocks and two assists in 32 minutes - an opportune time for an influential display by the 28-year-old.

"We kept our focus on the defensive end, didn't worry about the missed shots. All of a sudden, we got stops, and the shots started falling."

Simply put, Dallas needs to be more efficient in clutch situations. Luka Doncic's pull-up jump shot put them up 106-104 with 3:53 remaining against Denver last time out.

Michael Porter Jr's three restored a slender Nuggets advantage 20 seconds later. Still, immediately afterwards, head coach Rick Carlisle watched his players wilt down the stretch with the game on the line.

They missed 4-of-6 shots taken, made three turnovers and ultimately lost by a four-point margin as their visitors responded well to late-game pressure.

Utah's last four wins (New Orleans twice, Golden State and New York) have been comfortable - but their defence was key to shutting out Denver away from home comforts during a 109-105 win early last week.

So, there's no reason why they shouldn't be comfortable performing the same way, against a Dallas team lacking similar depth to beat them with. Utah has six players averaging 10 or more points, while O'Neale (7.9 PPG) had a season-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting overnight.

Dallas have six too, but Josh Richardson (COVID-19 protocols) and a returning Porzingis (knee) are among that list - two talented but unreliable players so far this term, for different reasons.

Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Betting Tips

ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives the Jazz a clear advantage (61.4%) in this matchup, unsurprising as they're the stronger Western Conference side - both on paper and in practice, judging by their promising start to the regular season thus far through 17 games.

After a rocky 4-4 start, they've won their last nine games and earned a double-digit win over the New York Knicks despite Donovan Mitchell's lowest-scoring game since February last year.

That emphasises their strength in depth, with multiple players who can punish teams both on offence and defensively - Rudy Gobert continues to impress, despite not always having the most attractive states to justify such clamour over his services a nightly basis.

That said, winning streaks are always there to be broken. After a closely-contested defeat by Denver (10-7), Dallas enters this encounter, another team stronger than them. With Doncic and Porzingis firing on all cylinders, anything can happen. I'm predicting another home win for Snyder's men though.

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Utah Jazz (2)

50%

Dallas Mavericks (2)

50%

Last matches

Utah Jazz

27-02-2021

124 - 116 Miami Heat

L
25-02-2021

114 - 89 LA Lakers

L
23-02-2021

132 - 110 Charlotte Hornets

L
20-02-2021

116 - 112 LA Clippers

L
18-02-2021

96 - 114 LA Clippers

W
16-02-2021

134 - 123 Philadelphia 76ers

L
14-02-2021

112 - 94 Miami Heat

L
13-02-2021

129 - 115 Milwaukee Bucks

L
10-02-2021

122 - 108 Boston Celtics

L
07-02-2021

95 - 103 Indiana Pacers

W

Dallas Mavericks

L

111 - 97 Philadelphia 76ers

26-02-2021
L

110 - 107 Boston Celtics

24-02-2021
L

102 - 92 Memphis Grizzlies

23-02-2021
W

118 - 121 Portland Trail Blazers

15-02-2021
L

143 - 130 New Orleans Pelicans

13-02-2021
L

118 - 117 Atlanta Hawks

11-02-2021
L

127 - 122 Minnesota Timberwolves

09-02-2021
L

134 - 132 Golden State Warriors

07-02-2021
W

116 - 147 Golden State Warriors

05-02-2021
W

116 - 122 Atlanta Hawks

04-02-2021
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks Head to Head (H2H)
30-01-2021

Utah Jazz

120
101

Dallas Mavericks

28-01-2021

Utah Jazz

116
104

Dallas Mavericks

Utah Jazz
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Dallas Mavericks
Predicted Lineup

Mike Conley

Royce O'Neale

Donovan Mitchell

Rudy Gobert

Bojan Bogdanovic

Jalen Brunson

Kristaps Porzingis

Luka Doncic

Willie Cauley-Stein

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Latest results
Total
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Away

116-124 vs Miami Heat (A)

L

114-89 vs LA Lakers (H)

W

132-110 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

W

112-116 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

114-96 vs LA Clippers (A)

W

134-123 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

112-94 vs Miami Heat (H)

W

129-115 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

W

122-108 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

103-95 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

W
L

97-111 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

W

110-107 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

102-92 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

118-121 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

W

143-130 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

W

118-117 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

127-122 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

134-132 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

116-147 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

122-116 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

114-89 vs LA Lakers (H)

W

132-110 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

W

134-123 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

112-94 vs Miami Heat (H)

W

129-115 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

W

122-108 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W
W

110-107 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

102-92 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

118-121 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

W

143-130 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

W

118-117 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

127-122 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

134-132 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

116-147 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

116-124 vs Miami Heat (A)

L

112-116 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

114-96 vs LA Clippers (A)

W

103-95 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

W
L

97-111 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

W

122-116 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
27.01.2021

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