Toronto Raptors vs Utah Jazz: Prediction, line-ups & preview 11/3/17

The Utah Jazz look to make it four wins in a row when they host the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home arena on Friday night.


The Raptors will play the final game of a six-game road trip when they travel to Utah on Friday night. Although they’re currently seventh best in defensive efficiency this season, Toronto could do nothing to stop the Denver Nuggets in their last game, giving up 129 points off 53% shooting from the field and allowing a staggering 50% of shots from deep to fall. The Raptors need to find the defensive toughness that allowed a combined 177 points in their wins against the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Utah are in good form coming into this game, winning their last three. Defense has also been their strong suit, as the Jazz find themselves second in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency. Opposing teams have only managed a 91-point average in their last three games, and Utah will look to impose their will once more against the Raptors. 

Keys to the game

Ricky Rubio – The Spaniard has been improving consistently since joining in free agency with his passing, but surprisingly through scoring as well. He’s the team leader in points and had his first 30-point outing of the season in the Jazz’s last outing, an overtime win over Portland. 

Defensive toughness – Utah’s trademark rearguard has been in fine form this season. The Raptors have to try to match that defensive tenacity to keep the game close and try to steal a win.

Road trip – The Raptors have played five games on the road, and will make it six straight on Friday night. Do they still have enough in the tank to keep this game close? Perhaps the blowout to the Nuggets was a sign of fatigue, which could spell more trouble against the Jazz.

Matchup to watch

Ricky Rubio vs Kyle Lowry – One of the main reasons these two teams play good defense is the tenacity of their point guards, so this should be an exciting matchup on Friday night.

Toronto Raptors projected lineup 

PG – Kyle Lowry | SG – DeMar DeRozan | SF – Norman Powell | PF – Serge Ibaka | C – Jonas Valanciunas |

Utah Jazz projected lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio | SG – Rodney Hood | SF – Joe Ingles | PF – Derrick Favors | C – Rudy Gobert |

Fantasy tip

This game won’t be a high-scoring affair, but Rudy Gobert is good for a double-double a night, and has averaged four blocks in his last five. He’ll have a solid game offensively and shine again on defense. 

Betting tip

Utah are 1.5-point favorites in this game, but they’ve been blowing teams out without scoring a lot of points thanks to their suffocating defense. They’ll cover the spread. 

Prediction

The Toronto Raptors will find it tough going up against an in-form Jazz team playing on their own court. They’ll keep it competitive, but will drop this game by a few.

TV info

The game will be shown on ATRM and Sportsnet. Tip-off is at 9pm ET.

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Timi Awotesu

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Timi joined the team in September in 2017, and is a huge Laker fan. Aside from basketball, he also follows football (soccer), and supports Arsenal football club, as well as following the NFL

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