The Toronto Raptors will be looking to close out a five-game western road trip with a fourth-straight win when they visit the Utah Jazz on Monday as 4.5-point underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto escaped with a narrow 118-113 win in Sacramento on Sunday night and now holds a three-game lead over the Boston Celtics in the race for second place in the Eastern Conference standings going into Monday night’s matchup at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Snapping out of a three-game slide, the Raptors have feasted on weak opposition during their three-game surge, averaging over 120 points per game while racking up wins over Sacramento, Phoenix, and Golden State. However, Toronto has been somewhat of a betting disappointment of late, producing just one against the spread victory during its current 3-0 SU run, and going 5-7-1 ATS at online sports betting sites in its past 13 games overall.
But the Raptors have historically produced far more positive results when visiting Utah, winning outright in six of eight since November 2010, including a trio of victories as betting underdogs, and compiling a 6-1-1 ATS record over that stretch.
The Jazz, meanwhile, return home riding a five-game SU win streak after completing the sweep of a four-game swing through the Eastern Conference with a 111-105 victory in Detroit as 8-point chalk on Saturday. Utah has made steady gains in the Western Conference standings during its current tear, solidifying its grasp on fourth place in the conference standings, just two games back of the second-place Los Angeles Clippers.
Utah has endured somewhat of a roller coaster ride since late January, alternating between winning and losing streaks. That inconsistency has done little to help its position on the NBA championship odds, where they continue to lag well behind the betting favourites as a +2800 wager. Utah has also fallen to defeat in four of its past five home contests, all as betting favourites, surrendering over 119 points per game over that stretch.
Utah’s recent home woes come in stark contrast to its play earlier in the season, which it opened on a torrid 18-3 SU run at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz have also struggled to pay out at the sportsbooks lately when playing at home, covering just once in their past 10 contests, sinking their ATS home record to 13-16-1 on the season.