Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz
Records: Raptors (26-37), Jazz (45-17)
Where to Watch
Date: Saturday, May 1
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Location: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
The road trip continues.
Following a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, the Raptors travel to Utah to take on the Jazz.
It marks the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Jazz won the first, defeating the Raptors by a final score of 115-112.
Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with a game-high 31 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds.
🕷🥶🕷🥶🕷🥶 pic.twitter.com/DXGgzm6RyD- utahjazz (@utahjazz) March 20, 2021
Pascal Siakam, meanwhile, led the Raptors with 27 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
Yup, count it pic.twitter.com/O1cvIdrbYX- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 20, 2021
Every game from here on out matters for the Raptors, who are fighting for a spot in this season's Play-In Tournament.
At 26-37, the Raptors currently sit 3.0 games behind the Washington Wizards for the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. Owners of the third-hardest remaining schedule , they face an uphill battle when it comes to catching the Wizards with matchups against the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies looming.
The Jazz became the first team in the league to clinch a spot in this season's playoffs, but they still have a lot to play for with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference being up for grabs. Utah lost its hold of the West's top seed on Friday night with a loss to the Phoenix Suns, so it could look to keep its ground with plenty to play for.
Stats to know
- The Jazz own the league's third-best defensive rating in holding opponents to 107.3 points per 100 possessions.
- The Jazz lead the league with 43.5 3-point attempts per game and rank third in 3-point percentage ( .391 ).
- According to BBall Index , Jazz forward Royce O'Neal has a matchup difficulty rating of 100.0 this season. The only players with the same rating: Lonzo Ball, Dillon Brooks, Luguentz Dort and Patrick Beverley.
- According to BBall Index , OG Anunoby has been the most versatile defender in the league this season, posting a versatility rating of 92.2.
- Anunoby has shined as a scorer lately, having posted 20 or more points in six straight games. It's the longest such streak of his career.
- Khem Birch scored a career-high 20 points in Toronto's loss to Denver.
As of 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 30
- Chris Boucher, left MCL sprain - Out
- Kyle Lowry, rest - Out
- Gary Trent Jr, left leg contusion - Out
- Paul Watson, left knee tendinitis - Out
Not yet submitted on the second end of a back-to-back
Raptors vs. Jazz: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors +7.5 (-110), Jazz -7.5 (-110)
Raptors Money line: +235
Jazz Money line: -275
Over/under: 221.5 (-110)
Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
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