Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are favorites to win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Getty Images | Ashley Landis - Pool


  • The Jazz and Raptors will meet for the first time in the regular season on Wednesday
  • Lauri Markkanen is expected to lead the charge anew for the Jazz
  • The Raptors are aiming for a bounce-back win against Jazz

The Utah Jazz will try to ride on the momentum of their previous win over the Dallas Mavericks when they host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, February 1 at the Vivint Arena.

The Jazz is fresh from a 108-100 conquest of the Mavericks, while the Raptors lost to the Phoenix Suns via 106-114 routing.

Utah needed a late rally to pull off the win against a Luka Doncic-less Mavericks.

Lauri Markkanen held up the fort for the Jazz with a game-high 29 points to come with five rebounds.

Backing him up was Malik Beasle, who came off the bench to pitch in 19 points and four rebounds.

"I think it's a good look," Markkanen said. "It's gonna be a tough matchup. And we just got to be able to dominate the rebounds with that lineup, so we'll get better."

The Jazz is fourth in the league in most team points scored with an average of 117.5 per contest. They also own an offensive rating of 116.6.

Their defense is holding up, allowing opposing teams 116.3 points per game which is 21st in the NBA.

On the other side, the Raptors are looking for rebounds from a loss to the Suns.

Fred VanVleet led Phoenix in that losing effort with 24 points and nine assists.

Gary Trent Jr. added 21 markers, while Pascal Siakam finished with 19 points.

"They threw some shots in that we needed to miss," VanVleet stated. "We fought hard, we competed, but give them credit."

The Raptors are norming 112.8 points per game with an offensive rating of 114.3, 11th in the league at the moment.

Their defense is holding up well, limiting the opposition to 112.3 points per match.

The Jazz is -3 favorites to prevail over the +3-rated Raptors, while the moneyline set for this matchup is -150 for Utah and +128 for Toronto.

The game can be watched via NBA League Pass and fuboTV at 9:00 PM ET.

Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round at the Wells Fargo Center on April 25, 2022 in Philadelphia
The Toronto Raptors try to pull the rug from under the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Feb. 1. AFP