Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs Preview 4/16/2008

NBA Betting Preview
Utah Jazz (54-27) at San Antonio Spurs (55-26)
Wednesday, 9:35 pm Eastern – ESPN

SBG Global Opening Line: Spurs – 4, Total 182

The Utah Jazz will try and clinch home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as they travel to San Antonio on Wednesday. The Jazz have not had much success at San Antonio in the past though. The game means a lot to the Jazz since getting home court advantage in the first round would be huge. The Jazz have the best record in the NBA at home but they are just 17-23 on the road. “Somewhere along the line, we’re going to have to learn how to win on the road some way,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Spurs at Home.

The Jazz have not won in San Antonio in almost 10 years, having lost their last 20 games in San Antonio. The Jazz have won the last two meetings with San Antonio this season but both of those games were at home. If Utah wins this game they would tie the Spurs for the third-best record in the West and clinch the season series. If San Antonio wins they would take the third seed. The Spurs are coming off a 101-98 win at Sacramento on Monday. Tony Parker tied his season high with 32 points and added 11 assists for the Spurs.

SBG Global Current Line: Spurs – 4, Total 182

Here are the NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Jazz are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Jazz are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. the Southwest. The Jazz are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in San Antonio.

The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Spurs are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. the Northwest. The Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings between the two teams and the home team is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings.

The Under is 9-2-1 in Utah’s last 12 vs. the Southwest. The Under is 4-1 in Utah’s last 5 overall. The Under is 4-1 in Utah’s last 5 vs. the Western Conference.

The Under is 4-0 in the Spurs last 4 vs. the Northwest. The Under is 7-2 in the Spurs last 9 Wednesday games. The Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio between the two teams.

Pick Jazz +4 4units, they need it!