In this high caliber Western battle between two teams sitting within the playoff places of the conference, the seventh Utah Jazz (31-24), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the fifth San Antonio Spurs (32-25), who want to end their current losing streak.
Date/Time: 02-09-2019, 17:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -6.5
Utah Jazz have a 31-24 record (27-26-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Suns with a 116-88 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 22.4 ppg, adding 3.8 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.1 ppg and a team high 12.8 boards per game.
San Antonio Spurs have a 32-25 record (31-25-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Rockets in the 5th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Warriors with a 102-141 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 21.5 ppg, adding 6.2 boards and a team high 6.2 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 21.1 ppg and a team high 8.9 boards per game.
It their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Jazz by 34 points and Spurs by 13). Jazz have a 17-10 home record, while the Spurs are 10-18 on the road. Spurs are better offensively, scoring 112.5 ppg to Jazz’s 108.9, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 105.8 ppg to Spurs’ 111.2 ppg. Spurs have better percentages both in field goals (48% to 46%) and in 3-pointers (40.7% to 34.4%). Jazz on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (45.1 to 44.2), while Spurs are better in turnovers committed (12.4 to 14.9) and both teams are almost equal in dimes made (24.8 to 25). Jazz are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -6.5 (-110)
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