Healthy Spurs Should Handle Wounded Jazz & Keep Total Down

Jason Lake

Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:35 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 1:35 PM UTC

The San Antonio Spurs are finally back at full capacity. That’s bad news for the short-handed Utah Jazz, but how many points will they get from Thursday’s NBA odds?

San Antonio Spurs at Utah JazzFree NBA Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Finally, the band is back together. Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker both made their season debuts for the San Antonio Spurs (21-10 SU, 15-15-1 ATS) this month; Leonard has appeared in three of the last five games for San Antonio, which is taking it easy with the MVP candidate by resting him in back-to-back situations – including Wednesday’s 93-91 win over the Portland Trail Blazers (–2.5 at home). He and Parker both sat out, leaving them in good shape to play Thursday’s game at the Utah Jazz. TNT has the coverage beginning at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

If only the Jazz (14-18 SU, 17-15 ATS) were healthy. They were in action Wednesday as well, but without center Rudy Gobert and hot-shot rookie Donovan Mitchell, Utah fell 107-79 to the Oklahoma City Thunder as 8-point road dogs. Alas, we’re once again left holding the bag with the NBA odds on Thursday’s Spurs-Jazz matchup, since it’s hard to tell exactly who will suit up for either club. We’ll do our best to get you pointed in the right direction regardless.

Toes and Tendons

As far as Mitchell (+0.1 BPM) is concerned, there’s a good chance he’ll play Thursday after missing the Oklahoma City game with a toe contusion – although that injury appears to have affected his play of late. The Louisville product has given Utah’s offense a shot in the arm when healthy, scoring 21.2 points per 36 minutes while chipping in 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals from the 2-spot.

While the Spurs are expected to rotate Leonard (+7.9 BPM last year) and Parker (–1.8 BPM in nine games) back into the lineup, they might choose to leave out Danny Green (+1.1 BPM) and Kyle Anderson (+3.4 BPM) after both gentlemen came off the injured list to play in Portland. Leonard is obviously the most important player here, but he’s been on a minutes restriction after missing the first 27 games with right quadriceps tendinopathy.

In a situation like this with both teams short-handed and playing on zero days of rest – with travel in between games – we’re inclined to suggest the UNDER for your NBA picks. But as always, you’ll be better off waiting for the shootaround to see who’s going to play. Rushing to bet won’t help your payout get processed any sooner if you win.

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