Hawks vs Jazz: Go With The Under In Utah

Action Network contributor Michael Fiddle provides his betting picks and prediction for the second matchup of an NBA TV doubleheader of Hawks vs. Jazz on Friday.

Hawks vs. Jazz Odds

Hawks Odds -2.5
Jazz Odds +2.5
Moneyline -138 / +115
Over/Under 223.5
Time Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NBA odds here.

Here’s everything you need to know about Hawks vs. Jazz on Friday, Mar. 15 — our expert prediction and betting picks for today’s game.

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Hawks vs. Jazz Prediction

Pick: Under 224 (-112)

Hawks Betting Outlook

The Atlanta Hawks are struggling to make their offense work recently. It is a combination of the injuries piling up and some of the awkward fits left over.

We know about the absence of Trae Young, but also key role players in Jalen Johnson, Onyeka Okongwu, and Saddiq Bey continue to miss time.

The lack of depth in the front court and shooting in the backcourt is showing in the box scores — with the Hawks unable to crack 110 points in their last three games.

They are still reliant on Bogdonovic as a high-usage starter, and also start Vit Krejci alongside Wesley Matthews. I expect the low scores to continue for the Hawks, and look to back the under in this game.

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Jazz Betting Outlook

The Utah Jazz will also be without their two offensive leaders in Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson. Instead they are led by an intriguing Keyonte George and a speedy Collin Sexton.

While I like both of those players — George for his rookie season promise, and Sexton for his flashy offense and role filling abilities — it is not enough to lead a high powered offense.

The interior is a rotation of John Collins and Walker Kessler, who do not fit on offense together but lead a strong defensive tandem.

With the elevation for these teams in Utah, I expect the thin rosters to lead to tired legs and low efficiency.

Hawks vs. Jazz Picks, Odds

The opening number for this total was 225.5 and it is dropping fast. The entire market is at 223.5 or lower, except for BetRivers and FanDuel.

This is a good time to discuss pricing of points!

With some books hanging a -112 line to get the extra half point for an NBA total is worth playing instead of a -110 line. If it was the difference between -110 and -105, I would take the five-cent discount.

This can be universally applied to the values of NBA totals.

Pick: Under 224 (-112)