- What: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz
- Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
- Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ATTSN-RM, Bally Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
Week 13 of the 2023 NBA season has begun. Tonight, Tuesday, January 10, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz play their first games of that week when the Cavs travel west to face the Jazz at Vivint Arena. The Cavaliers are currently tied for first place in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Jazz are in fourth place in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division heading into tonight’s matchup.
Cleveland brings a 26-15 record with them to Utah and while the Cavaliers have been very good at home during the first half of the 2023 NBA season, the team’s road play leaves something to be desired. The Cavaliers have an 18-4 home record, but they are 8-11 when playing on the road.
Like their opponents tonight, Utah is a better home team than road club. The Jazz have an overall losing record so far in 2023 at 20-23, but they are 12-7 at home. The team’s 8-16 road mark has brought them down in the standings.
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz picks
Cleveland Cavaliers breakdown
The Cavaliers finished the 2022 NBA season with a 44-38 record. The team is expected to have a much better showing in the 2023 season. With the club’s start, it looks like they have a good chance to live up to those expectations. Cleveland opened the 2023 season with a loss to the Toronto Raptors. After that, the Cavs went on an eight-game winning streak. However, a five-game losing skid followed that run. Outside of a three-game losing skid in late December, the Cavs have not lost back-to-back games since that mid-November five-game losing skid. Cleveland is coming off a 112-98 road win over the Phoenix Suns.
The Cavaliers have an outstanding young core. Donovan Mitchell leads the team in points (28.8, steals (1.4) and minutes (36.5). Meanwhile, Jarret Allen is the club’s leader in rebounds (10.1) and Evan Mobley is tops in blocks (1.4). Cleveland also has Darius Garland, who is second in scoring with 21.4 points per game and leads the team in assists with 7.8.
Cleveland is one of the lowest-scoring road teams in the NBA in 2023. The club averages 108.7 points per game on the road. However, the Cavs’ defense is excellent away from home. No team allows fewer road points than the Cavaliers at 107.4 per game.
Utah Jazz breakdown
The Utah Jazz opened the 2023 NBA season with three straight wins. The team then went 7-3 in its next 10 games. However, things took a turn for the worse for the club in the middle of November and the team has struggled to recover. Utah enters tonight’s matchup opposite the Cavaliers on an 8-17 run. The team has lost its last two games and is 1-7 dating back to December 26.
Utah is the third highest-scoring home team in the NBA at this point in the 2023 season. The team averages 121.5 points per game at home, while giving up 116.3 points per game.
Lauri Markkanen leads the team in scoring with 24.5 points per game. He is also tops on the team in rebounds with 8.3 and minutes played at 34. Mike Conley is the Jazz leader in assists with 7.6. Utah also has Jordan Clarkson (20.4) putting up more than 20 points per game so far during the 2023 NBA season.
The Utah Jazz might have a winning home record and the Cleveland Cavaliers might have issues on the road, but the Jazz have been too inconsistent to put any faith in them heading into tonight’s game. The Jazz have kept their two most recent home games close, but they lost both those games. The best bet is to pick the Cavaliers to beat the Jazz tonight in Utah.
Our pick: Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Utah Jazz.
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