It doesn’t matter if the San Antonio Spurs sit their startersor how old they get, all they do is win. The Spurs have the best record in theNBA at 17-4, and tonight they pay a visit to Utah on Wednesday where they meeta 12-10 Utah Jazz team that has won 3 consecutive games to put themselves overthe .500 mark. Is Utah capable of pulling off the upset tonight, or are sportsbettors smart to add the Spurs to their NBA picks tonight?
Both teams are coming off of high scoring road victories.The Spurs played a Houston Rockets team that was without leading scorer JamesHarden, as San Antonio was able to defeat the Rockets in overtime, 134-126.Guard Jeremy Lin was able to display some “Linsanity” with the lossof Harden, scoring 38 points, but San Antonio was too much for Houston in theovertime session, outscoring the Rockets 14-6.
In the Jazz’s last game, they defeated a disappointing LosAngeles Lakers team. Despite the loss, Kobe Bryant was able to tag the Jazz for34 points, but the Jazz bench accounted for 43 points and Paul Millsap led theway with 24 points and 9 rebounds en route to a 117-110 victory.
Coming into tonight’s matchup, the Jazz have had 2 days offand should come into this game energized.
The NBA Betting Lines
The NBA odds makers at 5 Dimes Sportsbook currently lists the Spurs as a 4 pointbetting favorite and the total for the game is 210.
The San Antonio Spurs have compiled a 11-2 record on theroad and have won the first two games of their 4 game road trip. No other teamin the NBA has won more than 8 games on the road this season.
When we’ve thought of the San Antonio Spurs, we’ve alwaysthought of them as Tim Duncan’s team, but Tony Parker is in his prime, and hastaken over the reins of this winning machine.
Parker is coming off a triple double against Houston inwhere he had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. He stated that he wasn’tinterested in the triple-double, he was interested in winning the game. Thiskind of mentality is why the Spurs are a 60 win team every season despitegetting older.
Since the NBA fined coach Gregg Poppovich for sitting hisstarters against the Miami Heat, Tony Parker has averaged 23.6 points, 8.8 assists, and 4.7 reboundsper game. The Spurs have won 10 of their last 11 games with the one loss beingthe “suspension game”. Maybe Commissioner David Stern should mind hisown business, because the Spurs have benefited from Coach Pop’s decision,especially Tony Parker.
Another player to keep an eye on in this game is guard GaryNeal. Neal has averaged 17.1 points per game in his last 7 games and is comingoff of a career high 29 points against Houston in where he shot 7 of 10 from 3point territory.
The Spurs have averaged 51.6 % from beyond the arc in thefirst half of their road trip, and this team is simply unstoppable.
An unenviable task
Even at 7-1 at home this year, the Utah Jazz will face theultimate test in San Antonio. The Spurs have beaten the Jazz 5 out of theirlast 6 meetings in Utah. The combination of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap willcertainly provide offense for Utah while attempting to stop the Spurs offensewhich has averaged 133 points per game on the first half of their road trip.Another player that will look to contribute for Utah will be point guard MoWIlliams.
Utah has found the perfect fit at point guard in MoWilliams. On the season, Mo is averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 assists per game.The Jazz have a lot of talent on their team and need a veteran like Mo Williamsto direct it. Williams will be a tough guard for Tony Parker. He’s coming offof a 22 point, 9 assist performance in where he shot 8 of 11 from the fieldagainst the Lakers. For the Jazz to have a chance in this game, Mo Williamswill have to be at his best, whether it be on the defensive or offensive end.
At this point, it’s impossible to go against the San AntonioSpurs. That being said, this can be a close game in Utah. I’m going to leantowards the total and take the OVER. Both offenses have proven that they canscore at will as of late.
NBA Picks: SanAntonio/Utah OVER 210 at 5 Dimes