Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Bet 365 lists the Spurs as a 15 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 199.
Does the Utah Jazz have any chance against the Western Conference leading Spurs?
It Doesn’t Matter
As crazy as it may seem, head coach, Gregg Popovich, doesn’t care what position the Spurs finish in for the Western Conference. His main goal is to keep his nucleus of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, healthy for the playoffs.
Where the betting spread is concerned, “Pop” can be very unpredictable. He’s been known to sit all of his starters or rest one or two. It’s very important to keep an eye on the injury report on rotoworld.com because Gregg Popovich can hold back any player. Then again, this team is so resilient that even when Popovich sits players, the Spurs still end up defeating their opponent.
With a wide array of bench talent such as Diaw, Bellinelli, Baynes, Bonner, Joseph, Ayres, Ginobili, and Mills, this team is super-dangerous. They’re coming off of a 119- 85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in which the bench produced 76 points. There’s no bench that’s better in the NBA, but then again, no bench sees more playing time.
Look for Popovich to preserve Duncan and Parker, possibly limiting them to 25 minutes or less while Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green see a sufficient amount of playing time against an inexperienced Utah team. Leonard and Green have both been reliable sources of offense that can get the Spurs around 15 points and 6 rebounds each. Both could do more, but games have been getting out of hand and they’re lucky to see 25 minutes in a game. It’s not a matter of “If the Spurs win?” It’s a matter of by “how much?” Gregg Popovich is the puppeteer that controls the outcome of the margain of victory.
San Antonio has won 9 straight games.
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Lack of Chemistry and Experience
All you have to do is look at the Jazz’s roster and a lot of teams would like to have some of the young talent that’s on this squad. The Jazz have nearly 7 players that average in double figures in points, but they’re near the bottom in the league in rebounds and assists per game.
This is a team that needs to be nurtured. A good team needs a good big man and center, Enes Kanter, (12.2 points, 6.7 rebounds) is really starting to find his game. The Jazz have a wide array of talent from a serviceable Gordon Hayward, to a rookie in Trey Burke, to a bruiser in Derrick Favors; the list goes on. The bottom line is that this team hasn’t been able to gel and this is why they’re a 15 point underdog in tonight’s game against San Antonio.
Like I said earlier, Gregg Popovich is unpredictable and 15 points is a lot to lay. Take the Jazz in a game that should lose, but be able to put up a respectable showing with their youth.
Pick- Utah +15 at Bet 365