Utah Jazz Betting and Team Guide
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Utah Jazz Betting in 2019-20
Before we discuss general information, let’s take a look at the Utah Jazz betting opportunities for the 2019-20 season.
Latest Utah Jazz Odds for 2019-20
Utah Jazz to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+1600
Utah Jazz to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+1000
Utah Jazz to Win the 2020 NBA Northwest Division+140
Utah Jazz Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 52-55 wins, potentially win a series in the playoffs
- Current Pick: No recommended bet
- Last Updated: January 3rd
The Jazz made moves during the offseason to try and expedite their chances of reaching an NBA Finals. While their roster is undoubtedly one of the most complete in the West, Utah has their work cut out for them trying to catch the Nuggets in the Northwest Division.
Latching on to Utah to catapult past Denver in the standings isn’t the worst idea, but don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. The Jazz could amass 55+ wins and it still might not be enough.
- Previous Utah Jazz Predictions
- Prediction: 50+ wins and potential top 4 seed and Western Conference final.
- Pick: No recommended bet
I initially thought that the Utah Jazz might be a good pick for the Northwest Division, but I’m not so sure. Both the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets will be strong. The line of 53-54 wins for the regular season looks on point too, so I don’t think there are good bets for the Jazz.
The team is solid and should comfortably reach the playoffs, most likely as a top 4 seed. From there on, I’m not sure what to expect. The West is so strong that an early exit won’t surprise me.
The Utah Jazz has been one of the most active teams during the NBA offseason so far. It all started early on, when the franchise brought Mike Conley Jr. in a trade deal that saw Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, and Jae Crowder join the Grizzlies.
On top of that, free agents Jeff Green, Emmanuel Mudiay, Ed Davis, and Bojan Bogdanovic all signed with the Jazz, as the organization is trying to build a competitive team for the upcoming season.
The roster has a lot of depth and Mike Conley Jr. should help Donovan Mitchell a lot in the backcourt. The question is whether this will be enough, considering what the two LA teams did this summer.
The Jazz are certainly the favorite for the Northwest Division title and the price of +100 is more than decent. As for the NBA Championship and the Western Conference, that seems like a step too far right now.
Utah Jazz News and Updates
January 3rd, by Michael Wynn
Mike Conley’s injury to his left hamstring is apparently more serious than the team originally was anticipating. Conley isn’t traveling with the team on their three-game road trip to begin the calendar year, and Utah recently initiated a trade for Jordan Clarkson.
We all know about the prowess of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and Joe Ingles is considered the glue that holds this team together. What the casual fan doesn’t realize is that Bojan Bogdanovic is pouring in 20.7 points per game thanks to shooting over 42% from beyond the arc.
- Previous News and Updates
October 16, by Jerry Summer
Three losses in three games so far in preseason suggest that the Utah Jazz might not be ready for the start of the regular season. However, I don’t think we can judge the team so prematurely. I would wait for the real deal, before drawing any conclusions.
July 10, by Jerry Summer
The Jazz wasted no time and completed a bunch of deals early in the summer, so the team could focus on preparation for the next season. Mike Conley Jr. is the big name that joined the team and the prospect of him and Mitchell on the floor certainly looks appealing to the Jazz fan base.
The team also signed Jeff Green, Emmanuel Mudiay, Ed Davis, and Bojan Bogdanovic in free agency to provide much needed depth. Ricky Rubio was lost in the process, but that shouldn’t be the biggest deal in the world.
This concludes the summer business for the organization, but you never know.
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The Utah Jazz in 2019-20
Utah Jazz Roster in 2019-20
Knowing the Utah Jazz roster is crucial if you’re planning to bet on the franchise, so let’s take a look at the current list of players.
- Mike Conley – Guard
- Dante Exum – Guard
- Emmanuel Mudiay – Guard
- Thomas Wilder – Guard
- Darnell Edge – Guard
- Tre’Shaun Fletcher – Guard
- Miye Oni – Guard
- Frankie Ferrari – Guard
- Justin Wright-Foreman – Guard
- Donovan Mitchell – Guard
- Bojan Bogdanovic – Forward
- Joe Ingles – Forward
- Jeff Green – Forward
- Royce O’Neale – Forward
- Thabo Sefolosha – Forward
- Georges Niang – Forward
- Ed Davis – Forward
- Tanner McGrew – Forward
- Jarrell Brantley – Forward
- Juwan Morgan – Forward
- Stanton Kidd – Forward
- Kelan Martin – Forward
- William Howard – Forward
- Rudy Gobert – Center
- Ekpe Udoh – Center
- Tony Bradley – Center
- Josh Sharma – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
The starting lineup will have to carry most of the load, and this is the configuration we expect to see most often from the Jazz in the 2019-20.
- Mike Conley Jr. Point Guard
- Donovan Mitchell Shooting Guard
- Joe Ingles Small Forward
- Bojan Bogdanovic Power Forward
- Rudy Gobert Center
The first thing that springs to mind is that this team has a couple of expert defenders. Rudy Gobert is the reigning defensive player of the year and an absolute monster under the rim. The likes of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell will guard the perimeter really well, too.
That makes up for Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic who are below average defenders, but they also have another crucial role. Both are excellent shooters from the outside and will space the floor. If you add Conley’s playmaking and the explosive Mitchell, the offense should be among the best in the NBA.
Rudy Gobert is the only player that’s not that good on this end of the court, but the rest of the team more than makes up for his shortcomings. The starting lineup is really balanced and can compete with some of the best teams in the league.
Depth and Bench
One of the biggest problems for the Utah Jazz in the upcoming season might be related to the bench. As it stands, there isn’t enough scoring and shooting to be found. Some of the players like Dante Exum, Jeff Green, Ed Davis, and others can perform certain roles well, but the offense will struggle.
The coaching staff will need to find a way to rotate some of the starters, so there’s always at least one or two solid providers on the court.
Utah Jazz Staff in 2019-20
Since we mentioned the coaching staff, it’s time to analyze the head coach and his potential impact on the team. That’s one of the mandatory steps if you’re interested in betting on the Utah Jazz.
- Head Coach: Quin Snyder
- Coaching Staff: Johnnie Bryant (Asst. Coach), Alex Jensen (Asst. Coach), Mike Wells (Asst. Coach), Jeff Watkinson (Asst. Coach for Player Development), Mark McKown (Asst. Coach for Player Development), Eric Waters (Trainer)
- Ownership: Gail Miller
- General Manager: Dennis Lindsey
The current Jazz coach Quin Snyder mostly worked as a development assistant in his early days, but he proved to be more than that after receiving the head coach position in 2014. He led the Jazz to three consecutive playoff appearances and seems to have built a team that is strong on both ends of the floor.
Utah Jazz Schedule in 2019-20
The NBA schedule isn’t out yet, but you should certainly explore it if you’re thinking about betting on the Utah Jazz. You should know what to expect from the team, as lots of traveling and potentially bad streaks could occur throughout the year.
We will make sure to add the games here once they’re released, as well as commentary on the key points of the 2019-20 Utah Jazz season.
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Utah Jazz Overview and Key Info
The Utah Jazz played their first game in the NBA in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz. In 1979, they relocated to Salt Lake City and were renamed as the Utah Jazz.
It took the Jazz ten seasons to make it to the playoffs. But once they started, they kept their momentum going with 20 straight post-season appearances from 1983-2003. Despite back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998 and players including Karl Malone, Jeff Hornacek, and John Stockton, the Jazz were unable to defeat Michael Jordan and the Bulls. They lost both NBA Finals to Chicago in 2-4 series and have yet to win an NBA championship.
In addition to the two conference titles, the Jazz have won nine division titles and made 28 playoff appearances through the 2018-19 season. Quin Snyder became the head coach in 2014.
Utah Jazz – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Salt Lake City, Utah, since 1979
- Western Conference – Northwest
- Vivint Smart Home Arena
- G League Team
- Salt Lake City Stars
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.4 billion
Utah Jazz History
Utah and Jazz may not go together like peanut butter and jelly. But when you consider that the team started in New Orleans, it makes more sense.
New Orleans Jazz
In 1974, the New Orleans Jazz had their first home game at the Loyola Field House and Municipal Auditorium as the newest expansion franchise in the NBA. In 1975, the Jazz moved into the Louisiana Superdome for the following four seasons.
Despite having fan favorite and star player Pete “Pistol Pete” Maravich from 1974-1980, the Jazz didn’t have one playoff season until ten years in, in 1984. That first-place finish in the Midwest division came well after the New Orleans Jazz moved to Utah.
Not only were the New Orleans years a struggle on the court, but they were difficult off the court as well. The team wasn’t doing well financially, and the move to Salt Lake City was in hopes of securing a more significant fan base and financial viability. The ABA’s Utah Stars played from 1970-76, leaving a spot wide open for the NBA team.
After four more seasons without their first postseason game, the 1983-84 season made the difference. Under coach Frank Layden, the Jazz had their first winning season and division record when they beat the Nuggets 3-2 in the first round of the playoffs.
The 1984 appearance kickstarted 19 more years of playoff games. The Jazz weren’t left out of the postseason action until 2004. In 1997 and 1998, they also won their only two conference titles to date and went on to the NBA Finals. The back-to-back appearances were unsuccessful, as the Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls both years in a 2-4 series outcome.
Under current head coach Quin Snyder, the Jazz compiled a .540 winning percentage in four years and won their ninth division title in 2017. But to date, they’re still one of the teams that have yet to win an NBA championship.
The Jazz organization has honored seven players by retiring their numbers. Pete Maravich was the first. He was the Jazz’s big draw in their first few seasons and spent five years on the roster from 1974-1979. His #7 was retired in 1985.
Other honorees include Adrian Dantley, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, Karl Malone, Darrell Griffith, and Mark Eaton. Additionally, head coaches Jerry Sloan and Frank Layden also had numbers 1223 and 1 retired in their honor.
Utah Jazz Championships and Playoffs
- 0 NBA Championships:
- 2 Conference Titles: 1998, 1997
- 9 Division Titles: 2017, 2008, 2007, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1992, 1989, 1984
Home Court – Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Inaugurated: 1991
- Renovated: 2010, 2017
- Capacity: 18,306
- Former Names: Delta Center, Salt Lake Ice Center, EnergySolutions Arena
While the Salt Palace was the Utah Jazz’s first home venue in Salt Lake City, the team moved into the Delta Center in 1991, now named the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The new arena provided 5,000 more seats than the Salt Palace as well as 668 club seats and 56 suites.
For a brief time during the 2002 Winter Olympics, corporate branding needed to be removed, so the venue was known as the Salt Lake Ice Center and hosted figure skating and short track speed skating Olympic events.
Over the years, the Jazz has shared tenancy with the NHL, WNBA, IHL, and AFL. Currently, it’s the only long-term occupant, but the arena schedules a long list of one-off events and shows, including concerts, sports, and more.
- Venue Address: Vivint Smart Home Arena, 301 South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
- Mailing Address: Utah Jazz, 301 South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
- Phone: 801-325-2500
Utah Jazz Head Coaches
In the Jazz’s combined history in New Orleans and Utah, there have been eight head coaches, and the second, Elgin Baylor, had split terms with just one game in 1974 and then 220 from 1976-79.
During the five years in New Orleans, the three coaches, Scotty Robertson, Elgin Baylor, and Butch van Breda Kolff, were unable to record any winning seasons or any playoff games. Tom Nissalke was the first coach in Utah and also had some uneventful seasons from 1979-81.
Two coaches shifted the momentum of the Jazz starting with Frank Layden.
Layden took over in 1981. After two more years of post-season drought, things turned in 1983, and Utah made the playoffs for the remaining five seasons in Layden’s tenure. He was honored as the 1983-84 NBA Coach of the Year, the only one in the Jazz organization to date, and his number 1 jersey was retired in his honor.
Layden was followed by Jerry Sloan, the only coach so far to have steered the Jazz to any NBA Finals appearances.
Sloan held the position from 1988-2011, coaching 1,809 regular season games with a .623 winning record. He’s the first coach in the NBA to have more than 1,000 wins with one team. He also holds the league record for most consecutive games coached with any team in NBA history.
During Sloan’s tenure, Utah won two back-to-back Western Conference championships in 1997 and 1998, earning them their first finals appearances. He left with a career 96-100 playoff record, adding 196 to his total games coached.
|Utah Jazz Head Coaches|
|8 ||2014 – || Quin Snyder ||227-183|| .554 ||10-17 || .370 ||–|
|7 ||2011-14 ||Tyrone Corbin|| 112-146|| .434 ||0-4 ||.000||–|
|6 || 1988-11 ||Jerry Sloan||1127-682 || .623||96-100|| .490 ||–|
|5 || 1981-88||Frank Layden|| 277-294 || .485 || 18-23 || .439||–|
|4 || 1979-81 ||Tom Nissalke|| 60-124|| .326||X-X||–||–|
|2b ||1976-79 || Elgin Baylor ||86-134|| .391||1-4||.200|
|3 || 1974-76 ||Butch van Breda Kolff|| 74-100 || .425 ||X-X||–||–|
|2a || 1974 ||Elgin Baylor ||0-1|| .000 ||X-X||–||–|
|1 || 1974 ||Scotty Robertson ||1-14 || .067 ||X-X||–||–|
Utah Jazz Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 || Quin Snyder ||3rd||50-32 ||.610|| Lost First Round||Donovan Mitchell (23.8)|
|2017-18 ||Quin Snyder ||3rd || 48-34 || .585||Lost Conf. Semifinals|| Donovan Mitchell (20.5)|
|2016-17 ||Quin Snyder|| 1st || 51-31 ||.622 || Lost Conf. Semifinals||Gordon Hayward (21.9)|
|2015-16||Quin Snyder || 3rd||40-42||.488 ||–|| Gordon Hayward (19.7)|
|2014-15 ||Quin Snyder ||3rd ||38-44|| .463 ||–||Gordon Hayward (19.3) |
Utah Jazz All-Time Career Leaders
|Points||Karl Malone|| 36,374 || 1985-2003|
|Average Pts/Game ||Adrian Dantley || 29.58 || 1979-1986|
|Assists || John Stockton|| 15,806|| 1984-2003|
|Rebounds ||Karl Malone ||14,601 || 1985-2003|
Not only is Karl Malone the Utah Jazz’s all-time scoring leader with 36,374, but he’s the second-highest in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Malone played for Louisiana Tech from 1982-85 before being selected by the Jazz in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft. He spent 18 seasons in Utah, named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1986.
The power forward was named All-NBA First Team for 11 consecutive seasons from 1989-1999 and is a 14-time NBA All-Star earning MVP status for the 1989 and 1993 games. He was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1997 and 1999 and is considered to be one of the best all-time NBA power forwards. Malone retired from playing after one season with the Lakers in 2004. The Utah Jazz retired his #32, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Adrian Dantley was the Buffalo Braves’ first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 1976 NBA draft. He was previously a two-time Consensus First-Team All-American in 1975 and 1976 while playing for Notre Dame. Dantley has played for seven NBA teams but spent the longest time on the Utah Jazz roster from 1979-1986. The NBA Rookie of the Year in 1977 became the NBA scoring champion in 1981 and 1984 and is currently the Jazz’s leader in average points per game with 29.58. He’s a six-time NBA All-Star and retired after the 1990-91 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. His #4 was retired by the Utah Jazz, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
John Stockton was a career member of the Utah Jazz, on the roster from 1984 to 2003. The point guard was Utah’s first-round pick in 1984 out of Gonzaga University. Not only is Stockton the Jazz’s all-time leader in assists with 15,806, but he was also the NBA’s assists leader for nine successive seasons from 1988-1996.
He was a two-time steals leader for the league in 1989 and 1992. Stockton made the All-Star team for ten seasons and was the game’s MVP in 1993. He was also All-NBA First Team in 1994 and ’95. Stockton still holds NBA records for career assists and steals and is considered to be one of the best point guards in NBA history. His #12 was retired by the Utah Jazz, and he was inducted into both the College and Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame.
Utah Jazz Trivia
Jerry Sloan, the Jazz’s head coach from 1988 through 2011, holds the NBA record for most consecutive games coached with the same team as well as being the first coach to have more than 1,000 wins with a single team. He coached 1,809 regular season and 196 playoff games for the Utah Jazz.
After their first nine seasons in the NBA with no playoff action, the Jazz started a 20-year playoff streak from 1983-2003.
No one even comes close to Karl Malone and his career 36,374 points scored for the Jazz. John Stockton takes second with 19,711.
The Jazz have only had one NBA Rookie of the Year on their roster. Darrell Griffith received the honor in 1981.
The team’s mascot is called Jazz Bear and was first introduced in 1994.