An all-Western showdown between two defensive minded squads takes place tonight, when the red-hot and streaky Utah Jazz (28-28), looking to extend the biggest active winning streak in the league, are hosting the struggling San Antonio Spurs (35-22), who have won only once in their last four games. San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-12-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -3.5
Jazz have a 28-28 record (31-25-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the West. They have nine consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Blazers with a 115-96 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 19.4 ppg, while Rudy Gobert follows with 12.5 ppg and a team high 9.8 rebounds per game. Ricky Rubio adds 12.3 ppg and a team high 5.2 assists per game.
Spurs have a 35-22 record (29-26-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit on the third place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Warriors with a 105-122 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge with 22.4 ppg, adding a team high 8.4 rebounds per game, while Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely with an injury. Pau Gasol adds 10.6 ppg and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Jazz have won both previous meetings against the Spurs earlier this season (by 11 points at home and by 9 on the road). Utah is 16-9 at home so far this season, while Spurs are 13-16 on the road. Jazz are better offensively, scoring 103.5 ppg to Spurs’ 101.5, while Spurs are better defensively, allowing a league-best 98.1 ppg to Jazz’s 101.8. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage, shooting with 45.95% and 45.7%, while Jazz have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.68% to Spurs’ 34.81%. Spurs are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.4 to Jazz’s 41.9 and in assists made, with 22.7 to Jazz’s 21.5. Jazz are as hot as it gets right now and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread which they are expected to beat easily for the home victory tonight.
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -3.5 (-111)
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San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Spread and Prediction