Cavaliers vs. Jazz NBA final score, prediction and odds for Tuesday, April 2

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Mar 31, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) reacts after scoring against the Kings.
Mar 31, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) reacts after scoring against the Kings. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have derailed the Cleveland Cavaliers’ chances of climbing the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has gone 9-13 since the All-Star Break and have dropped five of its last seven games and continues a five-game west coast road trip Tuesday night in Salt Lake City as double-digit favorites.

Cleveland still has an outside shot at the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference (2.5 games back of Milwaukee), but the Cavaliers are more concerned about just holding off the three teams (New York, Orlando and Indiana) that are within 2.5 games back of leapfrogging them in the standings. 

Cleveland can get right in Utah against a Jazz squad that nearly three months ago had momentum at 22-20 overall. Since then, the Jazz have gone 7-26 and have been eliminated from playoff contention. Will Cleveland pull away on the road? Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Cavaliers vs. Jazz odds, spread and total

Cavaliers vs. Jazz how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, April 2 
  • Game time: 9 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Delta Center 
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Cavaliers record: 45-30
  • Jazz record: 29-46

Cavaliers vs. Jazz injury report

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Craig Porter (illness): out
  • Isaac Okoro (toe): out
  • Dean Wade (knee sprain): out 
  • Ty Jerome (ankle): out

Utah Jazz

  • Jordan Clarkson (back): out
  • John Collins (back): out 
  • Lauri Markkanen (shoulder): out 

Cavaliers vs. Jazz key players to watch

Cleveland Cavaliers

Donovan Mitchell: Mitchell missed six games due to a broken nose and made his return on Friday. He hasn’t found his groove since returning, shooting a combined 7-of-25 (28%) from the field and 3-of-13 from 3-point range in two games. He did dish out 14 assists in those contests, though. Mitchell played just four games in an injury-plagued March. He averaged just 13 points per game in those contests. 

Utah Jazz

Collin Sexton: With John Collins and Lauri Markkanen sidelined, someone has to lead Utah’s offense and that has been Sexton. A former first-round pick of the Cavaliers (2018), Sexton has scored 20-plus points in 11 consecutive games and 13 of 15 games overall in March. He had 22 points and 4 assists in Sunday’s loss to Sacramento. 

Cavaliers vs. Jazz prediction and pick

It wasn’t long ago that the Utah Jazz were one of the best ATS teams at home. After a two-month spell, though, the Jazz are just 20-17-1 ATS inside Delta Center this season. 

Cleveland’s average offense doesn’t exactly inspire backers to lay double figures on the road. The Cavaliers are just 15-22 ATS on the road this season and 7-12 ATS as a road favorite. The Cavaliers, No. 21 in the NBA in scoring, is just 4-7 ATS as a double-digit favorite on the year and have been hammered on the road in recent action.

Cleveland has dropped its last four away affairs, with those losses coming by an average of 21.5 points per game. Take the points with Utah. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.