Matters are grim for the Utah Jazz against the San Antonio Spurs. The hosts will hope to keep their season alive in NBA betting action on Monday night at Energy Solutions Arena.
Three games. Three blowout losses. This certainly hasn’t been the greatest postseason in the world for the Jazz, but no one really expected all that much out of them when push came to shove. What really has been surprising is the fact that all of the young shooters for Utah just haven’t been able to put the ball in the basket all that much, and in the end, there hasn’t been a game in which the team has even remotely come close to sniffing the 100-point barrier. Points in the paint are always crucial for the Jazz, as that is where Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap do a lot of their damage. That being said, the Spurs have been able to dominate from that perspective, including posting a 50-28 edge in Game 3. We continue to be impressed with the young Derrick Favors, who had 15 points and 11 boards off of the bench two nights ago. We think that this is the time that Favors should really get into the starting five, as there is nothing left for Utah to lose this year.
It was odd to see Head Coach Gregg Popovich using his starters for a good chunk of the game in Game 3, but now he knows that he has the 3-0 series lead and can probably play things a bit closer to the vest for the rest of this series. Tim Duncan played 35 minutes and scored 17 points, while Tony Parker led all scorers in Game 3 with 27 points to go with his six assists. It wasn’t the greatest game for the San Antonio bench, as only Stephen Jackson and Tiago Splitter were able to log double digits in scoring. It was a particular interesting game for Manu Ginobili. He proved to be a great distributor for the Spurs, coming up with 10 assists against just one turnover, and he also chipped in with five boards. That being said, he only scored six points, though he wasn’t needed all that much in the 12-point victory. San Antonio has barely lost a quarter, let alone a half or a game in this series, and as long as it stays on the horse, there is no reason not to just finish off this series right here and now.
The Final Word: We know that the Spurs are laying a hefty eight points in this game, and we know that the New York Knicks were able to force a Game 5 against the Miami Heat in a very similar situation. That being said, we just don’t see the fight in the Jazz at this point, and we think that the Spurs are going to once again essentially be able to name their own final score for this game.
San Antonio Spurs @ Utah Jazz Game 4 Pick: San Antonio Spurs -8
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