Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (64-12) at Utah Jazz (39-38)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +3 -- Over/Under: 185.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs travel to Salt Lake City to battle the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
The Spurs have won 11 of their last 13 games and they'll be going for a fourth straight win on Tuesday after beating the Raptors by 102-95 on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard led the way with a career-high 33 points with seven assists while LaMarcus Aldridge added 31 points with 15 rebounds as the Spurs made light work of a Raptors outfit who had rested key starters in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Perhaps the Spurs should have won by double digits given how important Lowry and DeRozan are to the Raptors, but the Spurs never really looked like losing despite playing a little below their best. With the win, San Antonio set a franchise record with their 64th win of the season and they remain a perfect 39-0 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Jazz have won 10 of their last 13 games and they'll be gunning for a third straight win after cruising past the lowly Suns by 101-86 on Sunday. Gordon Hayward led the charge with 22 points, Rodney Hood added 18 points while Derrick Favors had 17 as the Jazz recovered from a slow start to cruise past the Suns and improve to 39-38 on the season which is good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings. Utah have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately and they'll need to keep it up as Houston are only one game behind them in ninth place.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record, while the Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Utah.
Given that the Spurs really don't have anything to play for, I can't see coach Popovich going with all his weapons in a meaningless road game, so I'm taking the desperate Jazz at home in an upset.