The Utah Jazz may not be ready to compete for an NBA title, but there’s still reason for optimism in Salt Lake City. Lauri Markkanen made his first All-Star team and Walker Kessler the All-Rookie first team. Jazz odds see them listed as +25000 longshots to win the title, with a win total set at 34.5.
With two draft picks in the top 16, the Jazz selected Taylor Hendricks and Keyonte George. Both could contribute right away, especially the sharp-shooting George out of Baylor. Utah also acquired versatile big man John Collins in exchange for just a second-round pick and Rudy Gay.
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Utah Jazz Odds
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Additions: John Collins (trade), Keyonte George (draft), Taylor Hendricks (draft), Omer Yurtseven (signed)
Subtractions: Udoka Azubuike (free agent), Rudy Gay (trade), Damian Jones (trade), Juan Toscano-Anderson (free agent)
Here is the current Jazz roster.
Jazz 2023-24 schedule
The Jazz have opened the 2023-24 regular season. Here is Utah’s complete schedule.
Who Are The Best Players On The Jazz?
Lauri Markkanen has emerged as a bona fide star, a shocking development several years and three teams into what started as a very promising NBA career. The former ninth overall pick has been one of the most efficient players in the NBA this season and has been a legitimate force on the boards. He rightfully made the All-Star team and has dragged what was thought to be a top tanking contender to the fringes of the playoff race.
The Finnish gunner is under contract for two more years at about $17 million per, meaning he’s producing like a star while getting paid like an average starter.
In a few years, Walker Kessler may have this title. He’s already playing incredible defense and averages 2.1 blocks per game despite playing just 21.3 minutes. The 7-footer out of Auburn surely has Minnesota wondering why they traded for Rudy Gobert when Kessler looks like a similar defensive anchor earning a fraction of Gobert’s monster salary.
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Jazz’s 2022-23 Season recap
It’s been an interesting year for the Jazz. They opened with one of the lowest win totals in the NBA after dealing away Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Danny Ainge, brought in to head the basketball operations, has never been shy about charting the path he thinks is best, and he certainly took no half measures.
Thanks to immediate breakouts from Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson, as well as savvy coaching from new hire Will Hardy, it became clear right away the Jazz were far from a bottom-feeder. Even as their win pace slowed, they surpassed their market wins number in mid-January.
Even heading into the home stretch, after Ainge dealt away veteran PG Mike Conley and solid rotation pieces Jarred Vanderbilt and Malik Beasley, the Jazz opened April still in contention for the play-in.
With the franchise taking the long view, it seems most likely they’ll head to the beaches after game No. 82. But given the promise Markkanen has shown and the bounty of acquired draft picks, this rebuild may get turbocharged.
How To Bet On Utah Jazz Odds
There are many ways to bet Utah Jazz odds during the NBA season.
- Jazz -9.5: This is the point spread. Since the Jazz are favorites (denoted by the minus sign), they are giving 9.5 to the Spurs. That is, they must win the game by at least 10 to cover the spread, which would cash your Jazz ticket.
- Jazz -540: This is the moneyline. Again, the Jazz are favorites (minus sign), so the bettor must “lay” a price. That is, they must put up $540 for every $100 they wish to win on the Jazz.
- Over/Under 242: This is the betting total. Bettors taking the over must see at least 243 points scored in order to win their bets. Those on the under must see 241 or fewer. If the game lands on 242, everyone gets their money back.
Any of these bets can usually be combined with other bets in parlays. A same game parlay with multiple wagers from one Jazz game also gives the option of combining multiple bets in hopes of a bigger payout.
Smaller Markets, Other Jazz Betting Options
Getting past the basics, player props are probably the next most popular way to bet the NBA. Since few if any team sports are more individual player-driven than the NBA, player props for the association are a very popular option. Rather than simply betting the Jazz to beat the Spurs, one can bet that Lauri Markkanen will score more than, say, 28.5 points. Or, they can bet that he will snag more than 8.5 rebounds. People love to bet props on their favorite players and in nationally televised games.
We’ve already discussed futures bets above. These allow a bettor to make a wager that the Jazz can accomplish some feat at a later date: win the division, the conference, the NBA Finals, surpass a certain number of wins, etc.
NBA bettors can also try teasers. Usually, NBA teasers involve buying four points from the sportsbook — for example, turning Jazz -9.5 into Jazz -5.5 against the Spurs — but in exchange, the bettor must parlay that adjusted price with at least one more adjusted price. Generally speaking, it isn’t advised to bet NBA teasers. “Key numbers” don’t exist they way they do for NFL games. Therefore, buying points is usually a losing proposition.
Finally, there’s live betting. Live betting has gained more and more steam in recent years, particularly in the NBA. Live betting the NBA is a great way to take advantage of things like lineup changes and random scoring runs. Teams very frequently make up large deficits in the modern, 3-point-centric NBA. That makes live betting teams that fall behind early an attractive option.
Pay attention to plus-minus data as well to help find an edge. For example, of the high-minutes Jazz players, Lauri has the best net rating on the team by a huge margin (+11.4). If the team sends him to the bench for his regular rest, that may be a great time to bet the Spurs live. They’re liable to make up some ground while the All-Star sits.
Utah Jazz Franchise History
The New Orleans Jazz entered the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1974-75. There, they experienced no success, topping out at 39 wins in five seasons and failing to qualify for the playoffs a single time.
The franchise moved to Salt Lake City for the 1979-80 season but kept the ill-fitting name. The team with the mismatched nomenclature continued to struggle, missing the playoffs for four more seasons.
Things changed in the mid-1980s. In back-to-back drafts, the Jazz selected John Stockton and Karl Malone. They formed the nucleus of an incredible streak (which started the year prior to Stockton’s arrival in 1984) of 20 consecutive seasons’ worth of playoff appearances. The two players, along with Coach Jerry Sloan (arrived in 1989-90), built slam-dunk Hall of Fame resumes, with Stockton and Malone compiling record-setting numbers.
After three Western Conference Finals losses in the early- to mid-1990s, the Jazz finally broke through and made the NBA Finals. In both 1997 and 1998 — each part of a run of three 60-plus win seasons in four years — the Bulls defeated the Jazz 4-2.
Utah continued to win in the ensuing five seasons, but they never again reached the NBA Finals with Stockton and Malone. The successful partnership ended prior to the 2003-04 season, and Utah’s playoff streak immediately ended. However, they rebuilt things fairly quickly and found themselves back in the Western Conference Finals in 2006-07. That proved the peak of a brief cycle of contention that saw the Jazz win 50 games a handful of times. Coaching legend Sloan stepped down near the end of that run, and the team entered another four-year playoff drought.
Working with a new core based around defensive stalwart C Rudy Gobert and dynamic guard Donovan Mitchell (draft for 2017-18), the Jazz enjoyed another cycle of contention starting in 2016-17. However, despite several high playoff seeds, the team never so much as reached the conference finals. Rumored discord between the star players led the team to trade both of them prior to 2022-23, and the franchise remains championship-less despite frequent contention across almost 50 seasons.
Utah Jazz FAQ
What are the odds that the Jazz will win the NBA championship this year?
Utah’s market price for winning the NBA championship is . The Jazz opened the regular season with +30000 odds to win the NBA title. That equated to a 0.3% chance, without considering the vig, or sportsbook juice.
What are Utah’s odds of making the NBA Playoffs this season?
The Jazz currently have () odds of earning an NBA Playoff spot this season.
Has a Utah player ever won MVP?
Yes. Since the advent of the NBA MVP award in 1956, one Jazz player has won and he did so twice. Karl Malone took down the honors in both 1997 and 1999.
Where do the Utah Jazz play?
Utah plays at the Delta Center, located just on the Northwest edge of downtown Salt Lake City. It seats about 18,000 fans. Previously known as Vivint Arena, the venue hosted the 2023 All-Star festivities.
Who owns the Utah Jazz?
Billionaire tech whiz Ryan Smith. He purchased a majority stake in October 2020.
Who coaches the Utah Jazz?
Will Hardy. He’s one of the youngest coaches in the NBA, and it’s his first head job.