Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are 12-point home favorites tonight over the Utah Jazz.Â The over/under total is set at 200 points.
San Antonio is 60-19 overall and 46-33 against the spread.Â They clinched home-court throughout the West playoffs with a 124-92 Wednesday home win over Sacramento, coupled with a L.A. Lakers loss later that night. The 216 combined points scored went er the big 211-point total. The er is 8-1 in San Antonios last nine games. Coach Gregg Popovich still wants like to finish ahead of Chicago for home-court throughout the entire playoffs, but he doesnt want to burn out his key players. Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker all had recent ailments, but have helped the Spurs go 3-0 overall and against the spread in their last three contests. Popovichs plan is likely to limit his stars to around 25-30 minutes per game. Hes done a great job keeping minutes down all year thanks to one of the leagues deepest benches.
The Utah Jazz are 37-42 overall and 37-45 against the spread.Â They will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005-2006. This will also be just their second year finishing below .500 since 1982-83. Utah has been a team in transition since the resignation of coach Jerry Sloan and the trade of star point guard Deron Williams to New Jersey. The Jazz last played Portland on Thursday night, losing 98-87 as 5-point home underdogs. Devin Harris, the point guard acquired back from New Jersey, had 26 points after returning from a seven-game absence with a hamstring injury. Utah is just 1-9 in its last 10 games. The one win was a shocking 86-85 victory at the Lakers this past Tuesday as 13-point underdogs. The der is 6-0 in Utahs last six games.
San Antonio is 2-0 straight up and against the spread in the first two meetings between the teams, both in Utah, 94-82 and 112-105. The er went 1-1 and is 8-2 overall in the last 10 matchups.Â I am going with the er in tonights game as I don’t believe their will be much defense as lots of reserves will get minutes and being looking to put up decent stats.