San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz - 3/16/14
Utah Jazz (22-44) at San Antonio Spurs (49-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -14.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The struggling Utah Jazz will be looking to snap a three-game skid tonight when they pay a visit to the San Antonio Spurs.
The Jazz have lost eight of their last nine games and will be looking to snap a three-skid after losing to the Clippers by 96-87 on Friday. Trey Burke and Derrick Favors led the way with 18 points each while Richard Jefferson added 14 as the Jazz fought hard to lead by 70-60 in the third quarter before allowing the Clippers to steal the win on the back of a ferocious 20-2 run. Despite the lack of recent success, the effort was definitely there for everyone to see, but when things got tight it was the Jazz who were making all the silly mistakes which allowed the dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to take the game away.
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On the other side of the Western Conference standings, we have the Spurs who will be going for a 10th straight win tonight after dominating the Lakers by 119-85 on Friday. With the win all locked up before halftime, no starter played more than 22 minutes as coach Popovich emptied the bench and let his reserves run riot, combining for a season-high 76 points. Defensively, the Spurs forced the Lakers to miss 20 of their first 24 shots before easing up and allowing them to finish with 34 percent percent shooting from the field. It's safe to say that the Spurs have looked like a well-oiled machine lately and all these extended minutes the reserves are getting will pay off in the big race.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss, while the Spurs are 5-1 ATS in tehir last six games following a win and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall but just 5-14-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings in San Antonio.
I know it's a lot of points to give up, but the Spurs have simply been on a roll lately and shouldn't have much problem cruising past the lowly Jazz.