I’m back and this evening I like the San Antonio Spurs-Utah Jazz match-up.
The San Antonio Spurs have dropped 2 games in a row. On Friday they were defeated 110-99 at Golden State. 3 of their last 5 losses have been by a margin of 11 or more points. They have allowed their last 2 opponents to score 110 or more points. In 4 of their last 6 games they’ve failed to score 100 points. 6 of their last 10 wins have been by a margin of 10 or more points. They are 14-14 on the road this season. They have dropped their last 2 road games. They are 7-4 versus Northwest division opponents. They are 13th in the league in points per game with 100.9 points per game, 13th in the league in rebounds per game with 43.7 per game, 4th in the league in assists per game with 24.5 per game, and 8th in the league in points allowed with 97.4. Forward Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring with 15 points per game. Forward Tim Duncan leads the team in rebounding with 9.8 rebounds per game. Guard Tony Parker leads the team in assists with 5 per game. Tonight is the 6th game of a 9 game road trip. They are 2-3 on their current trip. Their next game is Wednesday at Portland. The Utah Jazz have won 3 of their last 4 games. On Friday they scored a 92-76 win at home versus Portland. They have won by a margin of 10 or more points in 4 of their last 5 wins. They have failed to score 100 point in 4 of their last 6 games. They have held their last 4 opponents under 100 points. 5 of their last 6 losses have been by a margin of less than 10 points. They are 11-15 at home this season. They have won 2 in a row and 3 of their last 4 home games. They are 3-9 versus Southwest division opponents. They are 26th in the league in points per game with 95.7 points per game, 17th in the league in rebounds per game with 43 per game, 28th in the league in assists per game with 20.2 per game, and 9th in the league in points allowed with 97.7. Forward Gordon Hayward leads the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. Forward/Center Derrick Favors leads the team in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game. Guard Trey Burke leads the team in assists with 4.6 per game. Tonight is the 2nd game of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
San Antonio split their first 2 meetings this season. On December 9th the Jazz notched a 100-96 home win and on January 18th the Spurs won handily at home 89-69. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
Spurs vs Jazz Prediction
The Spurs haven’t lost more than 2 in a row since December. The Jazz are having a hard time being consistent this season but they are only 4 wins away from matching their season wins total last season. The Spurs’ experience propels them to the victory tonight. If the team wants to make a legit run up the playoff ladder in the West they have to start now otherwise they’ll be stuck facing either the conference’s top team or 2nd best team in the first round.
Take the Spurs -5.5