Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13
San Antonio Spurs (17-4) at Utah Jazz (5-19)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +9.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs go for their fourth straight win tonight when they take on the Utah Jazz.
The Spurs have won four of their last five and their last three straight after taking down the Timberwolves by 117-110 last night. Tony Parker led the team with 29 points on 13 of 24 shooting, while Manu Ginobili added a season-high 20 points and nine assists of the bench, but it was a real team effort as the Spurs shot over 55 percent from the field as a team, including 10 of 22 from the three point line. Kawhi Leonard had himself 19 points and was a real spark for the Spurs as he scored 10 straight at one point to carry the team during a dry spell but the game did expose some weaknesses on the pick and roll defense as they allowed Kevin Love to pour in 42 points, including eight of nine from the three point line.
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Meanwhile, the Jazz have bounced back from four straight losses with a couple of wins on the trot by beating the Kings and the Nuggets on the road. Last night against the Nuggets, Gordon Hayward led six players in double figures with 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists while Derrick Favors added 19 but the Jazz were just as good on defense, holding Ty Lawson scoreless and the Nuggets to just 18 points in the fourth quarter. After starting the season 1-14, Utah have now gone 5-5 in their last 10 outings to imrpove to 6-19 on the season and 3-10 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record, while the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Spurs are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five in Utah.
The Jazz were one of the worst teams to watch earlier in the season, but they've really improved with their rookie point guard running the show now. However, they're going up against a Spurs team led by an All-Star point guard and I don't feel confident that they have what it takes to cause the upset of get the cover here.
On second thought, the Spurs are playing the second night of a back to back set and their fourth game in five nights against the lowly Jazz, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if coach Gregg Popovich rested some of his starters. Let's stick with the Jazz instead, just for tonight.