San Antonio Spurs
(38-7, 26-17-2 ATS)
(27-18, 20-24-1 ATS)
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference meet up in NBA betting action in the Beehive State, as the Utah Jazz take on the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
If there’s one real bugaboo about the Spurs this season, it is that they have yet to go on their “Rodeo Road Trip,” and as a result, they have played 26 home dates and just 19 away from San Antonio. They’re on a three game trip now that wraps up tonight, but they haven’t had the greatest results in the world. The 113-102 win at the Golden State Warriors was a nice rebound from that disastrous 96-72 defeat at the New Orleans Hornets over the weekend. The big men are having some health issues right now for the men in black and silver. Tim Duncan is dealing with a slight knee injury that could cost him some minutes, but he is still likely to play on Wednesday against the Jazz. Matt Bonner, on the other hand, has missed five straight games with a deep bone bruise in his knee, and he is unlikely to start. DeJuan Blair has stepped in with Bonner out of the lineup, but Antonio McDyess is also seeing some extra minutes because of it. As always though, the play of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili is crucial. These two have combined to average over 35 points per game this year, and they came to the table in a big way against the Hornets, totaling 38 points and 18 helpers between them.
Utah is still really reeling right now, as a 120-91 loss on Tuesday to the Los Angeles Lakers on the road was the end of a disaster five game roadie in which it went just 0-5 SU and ATS. It’s going to be nice to be back at home, where the Jazz have scored 121 and 131 points in their last two games respectively. Deron Williams had a horrendous road trip, including putting up just five points and six assists against the Boston Celtics. His scoring average has dropped to just 2.6 points per game, and he only has three double-doubles since a January 12th win against the New York Knicks. Utah only averaged 91.6 points per game on this road trip, a far cry from the near 101 points per game it was averaging prior to that stretch. Head Coach Jerry Sloan knows that his squad really needs a pick me up, and perhaps drawing the team with the best record in the NBA back at Energy Solutions Arena is just what the doctor ordered.
There is no way that the Spurs should be favored in this NBA betting battle tonight. Utah is every bit as good of a team as San Antonio is, and we are only getting favored NBA odds on our side because of the recent poor form of the Jazz. They’ll make the Spurs sing the blues on Wednesday.
NBA Free Pick: Utah Jazz +3.5