Date/Time: January 15, 8:00 p.m. EST
The San Antonio Spurs are doing exactly what they do every year. They are steadily and quietly rolling through the NBA schedule and racking up wins as they head towards the playoffs. The Spurs already have 30 wins on the season and on Wednesday they face a team in the Utah Jazz that has just managed to get 13 wins on the season.
The only thing that should stop the Spurs from winning this game is their motivation. The Spurs have been known to rest their star players and that seems to happen more often with the nationally televised games. Since the Spurs are hosting the Jazz on ESPN on Wednesday night anything can happen, so make sure to check the lineup before placing a wager on this game.
Although the Spurs are aging, they are not showing any signs of slowing down. Spurs forward Tim Duncan turned in a solid performance and just missed out on a double-double during Monday’s 101-95 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Tony Parker went 9 of 15 shooting from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. He finished the game with a team-high 27 points and seven assists. The core is still solid and scoring plenty of points as they ride a five game winning streak coming into this game.
The NBA basketball betting trends for this game favor the Spurs, which is no surprise. The Spurs are 19-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last 26 games following a loss against the betting number, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games when playing against a team with a losing straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Jazz are 10-22-1 ATS in their last 33 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Jazz have been easy prey for the Spurs in the most recent meetings. The favorite is 22-9-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings which is almost always the Spurs, the home team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the Jazz are 8-20-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings in San Antonio.
If the Spurs end up putting a complete team on the court they should get a big blowout win over the Jazz.
Free Pick: San Antonio Spurs
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