If you thought that the Cavaliers would get a little bump after losing John Beilein, your prediction has played out nicely. The Cavaliers are 4-1-1 against the spread since losing their coach at the All-Star Break. Cleveland has picked up wins over the Sixers and Heat, and The Gold Sheet thinks they can knock another top team off tonight. Our Cavaliers vs. Jazz preview:
Date/Time: 02-2-2020, 19:00 EDT
Opening Spread: Utah -8.5
Opening Total: 219
The reality of pro hoops is that JB Bickerstaff is a much better fit to coach a cast of characters like the Cavs than was John Beilein, marinated for decades in the world of college basketball. Bickerstaff would not be able to steer Michigan to a pair of NCAA title appearances within a couple of years, but can relate much better to the modern NBA world and not get tuned out as was Beilein. It’s no surprise that the Cavs have performed better since the coaching switch. If Utah continues its post All-Star form in which it lost and failed to four of its first five games out of the break (all at home, no less!), the Jazz could be in some trouble at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, too. The obligation to play high-priced free agent PG Mike Conley, in whose absence Utah flourished, looks a mistake by Quin Snyder. Utah’s lineup has popped a lot better with Joe Ingles in the starting five and Donovan Mitchell handling the point.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz Pick: Cleveland 109 – Jazz 108
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