Utah at Detroit is a sneaky good NBA matchup for Wednesday night and one with some good value for bettors. Both teams find themselves likely headed to the postseason. The Jazz sit comfortably in the #4 spot in the West but need to hold off the Clippers to retain home court in the first round of the playoffs. Detroit sits as the 7th seed but has 3 teams trailing them all within 2 games.
Wednesday's tilt is important for both teams, but there is a side that may have a decided advantage.
The Jazz have built their successful 2016/17 campaign on the heels of a solid 19-13 road record. Utah is also clicking at the right time as they've posted wins in 7 of 10 matchups over the past couple weeks. That being said their current six-game road stand hasn't got off to the best of starts with consecutive losses at Houston and in OKC.
Detroit is far more comfortable at home this season, going 22-12 for the swan song at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, like Utah, has played some of their best ball down the stretch also posting a 7-3 record over a 10 game span recently. Both teams are hot, but something has to give.
Arguably the biggest factor that is going to decide Wednesday night's fate could be fatigue. Sure the Jazz are in the midst of a 5 of 6 game road swing but they'll have had a full night off before the matchup in Detroit. On the contrary, the Pistons are in the middle of 3 games in 5 nights and will be playing Wednesday night on the second leg of a back-to-back after a Tuesday night showdown in Cleveland.
Utah has also proven they can match up well with Detroit this season – extremely well as a matter of fact. In a January 13th matchup in Salt Lake City, the Jazz dominated Detroit 110-77, getting a 33 point victory even as 11-point favourites.
Sometimes matchups like this can be a revenge game with both teams getting a blowout win on their home court in a season. Unfortunately, the travel schedule for the Pistons and the subsequent rest for the Jazz makes a split unlikely. The pick in this matchup is the Utah Jazz.