Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are on the hunt for a tenth straight win tonight and we're going to go out on a limb and say they'll be able to get the job done against the young Jazz.
Currently, the NBA odds have San Antonio favored by 15 points, with the O/U at roughly 199. The Spurs are 49-16 SU and 33-32-0 ATS, while the Jazz come in with a 22-44 SU record and a 29-33-4 ATS mark.
What a run it's been for San Antonio. They've recorded standout wins over Miami, Chicago, Portland and Dallas during the winning streak and six of those nine victories have come by double figures.
The Jazz are in the midst of another poor run of form, having lost three in a row and seven of their last eight. After beating the 76ers in Philadelphia, they've fallen to the Clippers, Mavericks and Hawks, all of which came at home.
Given the recent performances of each of these teams, why on earth would we take Utah to cover?
Well, the last time they met, the Jazz really gave the Spurs a run for their money and only lost by four. What's more, that was without Gordon Hayward, one of Utah's primary playmakers, on the court. This Jazz team seems to get up for the big games, having stuck around with the likes of Los Angeles and Indiana in recent weeks while beating Miami, Oklahoma City, Houston and Chicago earlier this season.
San Antonio may be chugging along, but they're a poor 14-19 ATS at home this season. We think there's value in taking all those points in a game that the Jazz could make interesting.
Pick: Utah Jazz +15
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Our next pick comes in a game that also has an incredibly high NBA betting spread posted. The Clippers are 11-point favorites for this home clash with the Cavaliers.
After a 96-87 road win over Utah, the winning streak is now at 10 games for Los Angeles. During the streak they've gone a very healthy 7-2-1 against the spread.
The Cavaliers have been inconsistent as ever, following a four-game losing run with two straight wins over Phoenix (110-101) and then Golden State (103-94), both of which came on the road. As of now Cleveland finds themselves four games out of the eighth and final playoff seed, which is being held by Atlanta.
When it comes to making our final NBA picks for tonight, we believe Los Angeles is worthy of a selection.
Both Chris Paul (ankle) and Blake Griffin (back) are a little banged up, but are each listed as probable to play tonight. Jamal Crawford (calf) is considered doubtful, while J.J. Redick (back) remains out through late March. Even with the various bumps and bruises, Los Angeles has more than enough depth to cope.
The Clippers have been splendid at home, going 28-5 SU, and come up against a Cleveland team that's just 14-20 against the spread on the road. Doc Rivers' team is cruising offensively, averaging 114 points a contest on 52.4 percent shooting over their last five. That bodes well, considering the Cavaliers have given up 105 points per game in their previous five.
Ultimately, we think Los Angeles cruises here and will lay the large number. Look for Paul, Griffin and the rest of the gang to cover.
Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -11