The No. 4 seed Dallas Mavericks host the No. 5 seed Utah Jazz in a primetime battle in the 2022 NBA playoffs on Monday evening. Utah leads the series 1-0 after picking up a 99-93 victory in Game 1. The Mavs finished the regular season with a 29-12 home record. Meanwhile, the Jazz went 20-21 on the road. Luka Doncic (calf) has a chance to return this series, but he's considered doubtful for this matchup.
Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET at American Airlines Arena. Utah is favored by five points in the latest Jazz vs. Mavericks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 206. Before making any Mavericks vs. Jazz picks, you need to see the NBA playoff 2022 predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Mavs vs. Jazz, and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Jazz vs. Mavs:
- Jazz vs. Mavericks spread: Utah -5
- Jazz vs. Mavericks over-under: 206 points
- Jazz vs. Mavericks money line: Dallas +180, Utah -220
- UTA: Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last five conference quarterfinals games
- DAL: Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last six Monday games
Why the Jazz can cover
Donovan Mitchell is the centerpiece, but Utah has surrounds him with a couple other important parts. Guard Jordan Clarkson provides immediate offense off the bench. Clarkson plays at high speed, consistently pushing the ball and penetrating the paint. The Missouri product brings explosiveness to the floor with a smooth jumper. Clarkson averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He is a constant offensive plug and one of the best 6-men in the league.
Center Rudy Gobert is a towering, rim-protecting force for the Jazz. Gobert has a massive wingspan and his length presents problems for players when they attack the rim. The three-time All-Star has nice hands around the basket, finishing lobs and put-backs. Gobert put up 15.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Gobert didn't score much in Game 1 but made an impact elsewhere. He only scored five points, however, he pulled down 17 rebounds and recorded three blocks.
Why the Mavericks can cover
The Mavs should have a sense of urgency as they look to avoid going to Utah with a 0-2 series deficit. Guard Jalen Brunson is one of the players who can step up with Doncic likely out. Brunson is extremely quick and agile and can beat defenders to his spots. The Villanova product has a reliable jumper but can also set his teammates up. The 2018 second-round pick averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Brunson dropped a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Game 1.
Guard Spencer Dinwiddie is another important contributor for Dallas. Dinwiddie brings excellent height and length to the backcourt. The Colorado product is a smooth and efficient distributor who possesses good court vision. Dinwiddie also creates his own offense, putting up 13.7 points with 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. In his last outing, Dinwiddie finished with 22 points, four rebounds and eight assists.
How to make Jazz vs. Mavericks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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