San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz Pick and Preview

San Antonio Spurs (52-23) at Utah Jazz (50-26)
Friday April 4, 2008 , 8:05 pm Eastern – ESPN

SBG Global Opening Line: Jazz – 3, Total 197

The best home team in the NBA, the Utah Jazz play host to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. The Spurs have won eight straight and are looking like a serious threat to defend their NBA title. San Antonio is just a half game back of New Orleans for the top spot in the Western Conference. “Games mean a lot these days,” Tim Duncan said. “Obviously everyone’s record is really close and everyone is playing for positioning. Every game down the stretch means a lot and has that playoff intensity.” SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Jazz at Home.

The Spurs are playing great during their winning streak, holding opponents to 87.4 points per game. The Spurs will be challenged on Friday though as the Jazz are 34-4 at home this year. The Jazz have won five of six overall including Wednesday’s 117-100 win over Minnesota. Utah leads the Northwest Division by 3.5 games but they finish the season playing a tough schedule including two games against the Spurs. “It’s going to be a tough schedule for us,” Mehmet Okur said, “but at the same time it’s a good challenge. We just want to finish the season strong.”

SBG Global Current Line: Jazz – 3, Total 197

Here are the NBA betting stats for Friday’s game. The home team has won the last seven games between the two teams. The Spurs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spurs are 36-17-1 ATS in their last 54 vs. the Northwest. The Spurs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Spurs are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog.

The Jazz are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Southwest. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 34-13-1 ATS in their last 48 home games. The favorite is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams and the home team is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

The Over is 4-1 in the Spurs last 5 overall. The Under is 9-3 in the Spurs last 12 games as an underdog. The Under is 5-2 in the Spurs last 7 road games.

The Over is 4-0 in Utah’s last 4 games as a home favorite. The Over is 5-0 in Utah’s last 5 overall. The Under is 6-1-1 in Utah’s last 8 vs. the Southwest. The Over is 4-1-1 in Utah’s last 6 Friday games. The Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Utah between the two teams.

Pick: Take the Jazz -3 for 3units. For more NBA Discussion visit the NBA Betting Forum.