The NBA is set up with another great slate of action on Sunday. Eight games are up on the board throughout January 2. One of these games will be between the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look to earn a win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Jazz have put up a record of 3-2 throughout this season, which has them tied in fourth place of the Western Conference. Utah has had a strong start to the season, but have been on a win one lose one pattern this season. The Jazz will look to win their second straight game in this one. Utah is coming off an impressive win against the Clippers and will look to carry momentum into this one.
San Antonio has posted a record of 2-3 so far this season, which has them tied for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Spurs won their first two games of the season and have lost three games in a row. San Antonio will look to bounce back with a win in this one. If the Spurs can come out quickly in this one, they could bounce back with a win.
These two teams are sitting around .500, which should lead to a good game on Sunday. Utah is coming off a win, while the Spurs have lost three games in a row. I expect San Antonio to try and turn things around quickly in this one. The Jazz are looking to win back to back games for the first time this season, which should lead to them coming out strong.
The Jazz and the Spurs met up four times throughout last season. San Antonio hosted the first game on January 29. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points, while Jordan Clarkson finished with 20 points off the bench. DeMar DeRozan dropped 38 points and Patty Mills put up 18 points off the bench. The Spurs finished with a 127-120 win on the night.
The second game of the season series shifted to Utah on February 21. Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay both finished with 18 points, but it still was not enough for the Jazz. Dejounte Murray scored 23 points, while DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points. San Antonio was able to finish this one off with a strong 113-104 win.
The third game of the season series was in the qualifiers on August 7. Jordon Clarkson finished with 24 points off the bench and once again the Jazz came up short. Derrick White scored 24 points, while Jacob Poeltl had 19 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio’s starting lineup combined for 81 points as the Spurs won 119-111.
The final game of the season series was also in the qualifiers on August 13. Keldon Johnson scored 24 points as San Antonio’s starting lineup scored 77 points. It was not enough though. Rayjon Tucker finished with 18 points to help lead the Jazz. Utah’s bench combined for 85 points as the Jazz finally broke through with a 118-112 win.
Mike Conley has helped step up for the Jazz throughout the early portion of this season. Conley is averaging 21.5 points per game. Donovan Mitchell has averaged 20 points per game. Rudy Gobert is averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds per game, while Jordon Clarkson has averaged 15 points per game off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 11 points per game this season.
DeMar DeRozan has stepped up early this season as well. DeRozan has averaged 22 points and 8 assists per game. Dejounte Murray is averaging 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Keldon Johnson has averaged 15 points, while Patty Mills and Lonnie Walker are both averaging 13 points per game. Rudy Gay is averaging 12.5 points per game and LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 12 points per game.
These two teams have seen players step up this season, but could use some more production out of their stars. Aldridge has struggled a bit on the offensive side and could step up in this one. Mitchell and Gobert could both step up for the Jazz early in this season as well. If either team can have their stars step up in this one, it should give them the edge.
Field Goal Shooting
The Jazz have not been great at shooting the ball this season. Utah has made around 44.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the league. The Jazz have also made 35.2 percent of their shots behind the arc, which is 18th in the NBA. Utah has shot 51.4 percent of their shots in close, which is 18th in the league.
San Antonio has not been great from the field either early in the season. The Spurs are shooting around 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. San Antonio has made 37.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 9th best in the league. The Spurs are also shooting 49.8 percent from inside the arc, which is 24th in the NBA.
These two teams have struggled shooting the ball this season, but Utah has been strong on defense. The Jazz will look to slow down the Spurs offense in this one. San Antonio has been solid shooting from deep this season and if Utah can shut them down at the perimeter, it could give the Jazz the edge. Utah will need to shoot better and that starts with Gobert and Mitchell.
These two teams are hovering around .500 in this one, which should lead to a good matchup on Sunday night. Utah has a good defense and should be able to slow down the Spurs in this one. If the Jazz can get Mitchell and Gobert going in this one, I do not think that the Spurs will be able to keep up. San Antonio was able to go 3-1 against the Jazz last season and I think that could change this season with the Spurs looking like they are going towards a rebuild.
BetOnline has Utah listed as a -5 against the spread in this one, which gives a solid edge to the Jazz on Sunday night. Utah has been winning one and losing one through the early portions of this season and that will eventually turn around. This game feels like a great chance for the Jazz to win their second straight game on Sunday. I like Utah to cover this one, making them my pick on the night.