The Toronto Raptors are set to face off against the Utah Jazz in a Friday night matchup as they aim to finish .500 on their current six-game road trip. The Raptors have posted a record of 2-3 during their West Coast trip and are coming off of two consecutive losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. While the Raptors fought hard against the Clippers and kept the game close through three quarters, they ultimately ran out of steam in the final frame, resulting in a 126-120 loss.
In terms of injury concerns, the Raptors were without starters Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl in their recent game against the Clippers. Siakam’s absence would prove to be a significant blow to the team, particularly considering the strength of the Jazz’s frontcourt. The Raptors are also dealing with injury issues as Otto Porter Jr. is questionable with a knee injury, and Christian Koloko is not ready to return after an extended absence due to a respiratory issue.
On the other hand, the red-hot Jazz are looking for their fourth consecutive win following victories over the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers. This impressive run is part of the Jazz’s 9-2 straight-up and 9-2 against the spread performance over their last 11 games, marking a remarkable turnaround after their slow start to the season.
The Jazz previously staged a 17-point road comeback to defeat the Raptors in Toronto on Dec. 23, with the final score being 126-119 in favor of the Jazz. Moreover, the over has been trending in recent matchups, with the over hitting in the past five meetings between the two teams.
In light of these developments, the Jazz are favored to win the upcoming matchup, and bettors are looking at potential wagers such as taking the Jazz on the spread (-3, -110). Players to watch include Collin Sexton, who is averaging 20.2 points over his last five games, and the Jazz’s frontcourt players, Markkanen and Collins, who are expected to dominate on the glass.
Overall, the injuries to key players like Siakam pose a challenge for the Raptors, especially as they face a formidable opponent like the Jazz. The game is anticipated to be an exciting match as both teams look to secure a victory.