Free NBA Picks: Road Dog Jazz Will Cover ATS vs. Warriors

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:46 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016 6:46 PM GMT

Are we getting to the party too late? Nope! The Golden St. Warriors defended last year’s title by bolting from the gate with a nearly unfathomable November and December. See tonight's NBA picks.

Utah Jazz vs. Golden St. Warriors
The Utah Jazz travel to Golden St. to face the Warriors in this 10:35 ET tipoff. These teams have faced each other twice this year with Golden St. winning (103-85) on this court, before squeezing by the Jazz (106-103) in Salt Lake City. History is on the side of Golden St. here, as they have won 5 straight games vs. Utah on this floor by an average of 17.6 PPG. But, the pressure and the prices are clearly beginning to impact the Golden St. Warriors, who hold a 3-game lead on looming San Antonio and still have 3 games to play against the Spurs, including 2 in the final week of the season.  

MVP, Steph Curry, said “right now it is kind of an awkward period in the schedule, when you have 20 games left and you’re trying to lock up No. 1 seed and everybody’s talking about the record 73 wins.” That statement epitomizes the issues with Golden St., who is looking ahead rather than playing these games 1 at a time. That type of look ahead is bound to negatively affect their ATS record. Currently, the Warriors are on negative runs of 17-20 ATS and 3-9 ATS. There are clear warning signs. The Warriors have committed 44 TOs the last 2 games, which includes that unthinkable loss to the Lakers last weekend and they have just set the record with 45 consecutive home wins and seen Curry already reach the mark of 300 (3s) with 20 games remaining. None of those are positives for Golden St., as they take the floor tonight vs. Utah.

The Jazz are currently in 9th place in the Western Conference playoff queue, sitting 2 games behind Houston, but only trailing Portland and Dallas by 3 games for the No. 6 spot. Their season is far from over, despite the fact they have gone 3-9 SU of late and are averaging just 91.6 PPG the last 7 games.

But, this play isn’t all about Utah. It’s far more about a Golden St. team, who appears to have hit a wall and will be on the PLAY AGAINST list until they break through it. I invite you to put the NBA odds boards in your favor and join me in my NBA Pick on the Utah Jazz tonight.

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NBA Pick: Utah Jazz +12 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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