San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz - 1/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (14-26) at San Antonio Spurs (25-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -11 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight.
The Utah Jazz lost four of their last six games but were able to snap a three-game skid on Friday with a 94-85 win over the Lakers who were without Kobe Bryant. Gordon Hayward was allowed to run rampant and pour in 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting, Trey Burke added 20 points and Derrick Favors had 18 as the Jazz messed up the Lakers with turnovers and three-point shooting to improve to 14-26 on the season and 7-12 at home.
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Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have won six of their last eight games overall and will be full of confidence after taking down the Trailblazers by 110-96 on Friday in a rout. Six players finished in double figures in scoring including Tony Parker who had 17 and Danny Green who had 19, but the biggest positive from the night was Kawhi Leonard who led the way with 20 points in his return from a 15-game absence. In an injury-plagued season, the Spurs put together one of their most complete performances which is scary, because they haven't been playing anywhere near their best basketball yet they're still 25-16 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 against the Western Conference, while the Spurs are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
Head to head, the Jazz are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall but just 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in San Antonio.
After such a clinical performance, I would be pretty surprised if the Spurs didn't beat the Jazz by double digits, especially after losing to them back on Dec. 9. It's a lot of points, but the Spurs can cover any spread if they're switched on.