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Spurs vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 25th
- Betting Odds UTA -10, SA +385 | UTA -511 O/U 242.0
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-46. So far, the team has gone 24-36-0 against the spread. The Spurs head into today’s action in the midst of a 15 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -15.53.
San Antonio is trying to bounce back from a 142-116 loss to the Mavericks. Going into this game, the team was 14 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. San Antonio struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 11 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Malaki Branham led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 52.9%.
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 30-31, while going 32-26-3 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Utah has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-0-1 against the spread.
Going into their last game, the Jazz were 1 point favorites to beat the Thunder. However, the 120-119 win, resuled in an ATS push for each side. Utah went on to win the game, despite trailing by 9 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Lauri Markkanen, as he contributed 43 points while hitting 53.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Spurs picked up the win 126-122 win over the Jazz. Heading into the game, San Antonio was the 4.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Spurs averaged 112.0 points per game vs the Jazz. Just like the Spurs, the Jazz maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 112.67 points per game vs San Antonio. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, San Antonio has gone 4-1 vs the spread. However, the Jazz actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +6 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 228 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 60 games, the Spurs are averaging 112.5 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. Not only is the San Antonio offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 30th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
On defense, the Spurs will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 23rd ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Tre Jones who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game. At the time of this article, Jones is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 3rd on the team in usage rate and is 154th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, San Antonio benefit from having both of their top scorers as Keldon Johnson leads the team and is 35th in the league in scoring (21.8). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 3rd in points allowed to small-forwards.
Through 61 games, Utah is the 5th best scoring team at 117.6 points per game. So far, the Jazz are averaging 100.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. One thing to keep an eye on is if the Jazz will be able to maintain their current level of scoring. Not only does the team tend to play a slower style of basketball, but they are just 20th in shots made inside the arc.
Against the Spurs, the Jazz will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 10th ranked unit at 107.57 points per game.
Power-Foward Lauri Markkanen currently leads the Jazz at 25.2 points per game. For the season, he is 72nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Markkanen is averaging 8.6 boards and 1.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 6th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jordan Clarkson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 59 games, he is averaging 21.1 and is 137th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Spurs vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +10
- Free Total Prediction: Over 242.0