2018-2019 Utah Jazz Team Preview and Betting Picks

by Oct 27, 2018NBA


Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah Quin Snyder – Head Coach Western Conference – Northwest Division 2017 Record: 48-34

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The Utah Jazz were one of the better teams last year in the NBA, finishing 5th in the Western Conference and going to the Western Conference Semi-Finals, which they lost to the Houston Rockets. They had one of the youngest teams in the NBA and again will be one of the more exciting teams to follow with the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and now Grayson Allen. They will have plenty of talent that will play hard on both ends of the field and they are expected to easily return to the NBA postseason.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Utah Jazz and determine where we think they will end up.

Utah Jazz Coaching

The Utah Jazz are led by Head Coach Quin Snyder. Snyder has been with the Jazz since 2014 and since that point, he has gone 177-151 as the Head Coach at Utah. Snyder has led the Jazz to the postseason in each of the last two seasons, losing in the conference semifinals in both seasons. Prior to taking over the Head Coaching position in Utah, Snyder was the Assistant Coach for the Philadelphia 76’ers, LA Clippers, LA Lakers and Atlanta Hawks, as well as the Head Coach of the Missouri Tigers in the collegiate ranks.

Utah Jazz Offseason Transactions

  • June 21, 2018 – The Jazz used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 21st and take Duke Shooting Guard Grayson Allen.
  • July 6, 2018 – The Jazz re-signed Dante Exum to a contract extension.
  • July 6, 2018 – The Jazz re-signed Derrick Favors to a contract extension.
  • July 6, 2018 – The Jazz re-signed Raul Neto to a contract extension.
  • July 7, 2018 – The Jazz waived Jonas Jerebko, who later signed with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 12, 2018 – The Jazz signed undrafted free agent Jairus Lyles, formerly of the UMBC Retrievers.
  • July 13, 2018 – The Jazz re-signed Georges Niang to a contract extension.
  • July 14, 2018 – The Jazz signed free agent Naz Mitrou-Long, formerly of the Salt Lake City Stars, to a two-way contract.
  • August 1, 2018 – The Jazz lost Erik McCree to free agency, who later signed with VL Pesaro.
  • August 1, 2018 – The Jazz signed free agent Tyler Cavanaugh, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks, to a two-way contract.
  • August 14, 2018 – The Jazz waived David Stockton, who later signed with the Medi Bayreuth.
  • August 16, 2018 – The Jazz signed undrafted free agent Isaac Has, formerly of the Purdue Boilermakers.
  • August 28, 2018 – The Jazz signed free agent Trey Lewis, formerly of the JL Bourg Basket.

Utah Jazz Starting 5

Ricky Rubio (PG) – Rubio staked claim to being the teams 3-point shooter last year and should continue to progress. He shot 35% last year, which was the highest of his career and should continue to get open shots with defenses keying in on Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell (SG) – Made his debut last year and totally impressed everyone in the league. Mitchell was the runner up behind Ben Simmons for the league's Rookie of the Year and many felt that he should have won the award. He is a very strong shooter and can run the floor as the leader of the offense. Mitchell is legitimately on the verge of superstardom. Joe Ingles (SF) – Ingles brings to the Jazz a defensive edge with the ability to shoot the three. Ingles was third on the team last year with steals and averaged just under 12 points per game. Derrick Favors (PF) – Favors averaged 12.3 ppg last year and also pulled down 7.2 rebounds per game, making him one of the top players in the paint for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert (C) – Gobert missed significant time last season and the Jazz are hoping all of his health concerns are a thing of the past. When healthy, he is a defensive monster, obvious by the Defensive Player of the Year award, but when he is not able to play, he is worthless to the team. Gobert must find a way to stay healthy in 2018-2019!

Utah Jazz Key Bench Players

Jae Crowder (PF) – Crowder is a tough and physical body in the paint. He is a very strong defensive player and has began adding a nice 3-point jumper to his tool box. Grayson Allen (SG) – The former Duke “Bad Boy” is playing in his first year with the Utah Jazz and if his summer development says anything about his future, it is very bright. Allen was very impressive in the summer league and if the Jazz take it slow with him, he could turn into the next Donovan Mitchell. Dante Exum (SF) – Exum struggles to stay healthy and will once again be the comment of concern for the Jazz in 2018-2019. He is a defensive masterpiece but much like Gobert, he is often injured and worthless to the team on the bench.

2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Utah Jazz

The Jazz have the perfect combination of youth and experience to guide them back to another successful season in the NBA. They are guided by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Head Coaches in the NBA in Quin Snyder and I expect a big season from the Jazz. Mitchell will have a year of experience under his belt and his maturity on the court is miles ahead of where it should be at this point in his career. He is going to be the top scorer on the team and will once again lead the Jazz back to the NBA’s postseason. The Jazz were very good in 2017-2018, racking up 48 wins on the year and making it to the Western Conference semifinals. This year, I think they will improve and surpass the 50 win mark this season. Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Utah Jazz:
  • Odds to Win NBA Championship: +4000
  • Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +2500
  • Odds to Win Northwest Division: +220
  • NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 49.5
Don’t forget to check out our NBA Betting Guide to stay up to date on all of the happenings with each team in the NBA throughout the season!
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