Betting On San Antonio vs Utah NBA Match Up
The race for the final couple of spots in the Western Conference playoffs looks like it’s going to be a drag down, knock out sort of battle, with several teams all in the hunt for those coveted spots. The Portland Trail Blazers have served notice that they intend to finish strong, and now the Utah Jazz have claimed the 8th spot with a win over the Houston Rockets. While this is a big step for the Jazz, there is also the possibility that it may be a temporary one, as their next game will see them host the San Antonio Spurs, who just happen to be one of the best teams in the West. On the bright side of things for Utah, the only games that the Spurs have lost this season have been on the road, which means a small window of opportunity may just open up for a pro hoops lines upset in favor of the Jazz.
How To Bet the San Antonio Vs Utah, NBA Odds, TV and Game Info
Why bet on the San Antonio Spurs
There is no denying that the Spurs (47-9) are one of the best teams in the NBA right now, but if they do have a weakness, it is when they take to the road. All 9 of their losses this season have come away from home, but let’s not forget that they have also won 19 road games, which just happens to be the second highest total in the league right now. The Spurs are in the middle of an 8-game road swing, and are 4-1 heading into their Wednesday night tilt in Sacramento. They have played the Jazz twice already this season, both times on home court, and won by 25 and 37 points in those games. San Antonio are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and while they are deserving favorites for this one, you have to wonder if they can match those previous margins of victory. The Spurs are averaging 105.2 PPG, and are giving up 95.7 PPG.
Why bet on the Utah Jazz
There are some people who are going to argue that the Jazz (28-28) are only in the 8th spot right now because the Houston Rockets are going in the tank, but those who be people who have not noticed that Utah are 7-3 in their last 10 games including a win vs the Rockets. This is a team that is starting to pick up some momentum at just the right time, and they are going to need to try and ride that through this game on Thursday night. On the bright side, they will be facing a Spurs team on a long road trip facing their second game in consecutive nights. They also need to remember that the Spurs came to town twice last season and lost both times. The Jazz are averaging 98.4 PPG, and are giving up 97.1 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It would be easy to look at the two earlier meetings this season and see this one as another blowout in the making. The Spurs are a different team on the road, though, and the Jazz have a respectable 19-10 record at home. I do like the Spurs to win, but not in blowout style.
San Antonio Spurs 105 Utah Jazz 96