San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz – NBA May 3

Spurs (31-32, 18-12 road) at Jazz (46-18, 27-4 home)

  • Time: 6 PST – 8 CST – 9 EST
  • Place:  Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
  • TV: Bally Sports SW, AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass

Opening Tip:

This is a quick turnaround for the San Antonio Spurs after last night’s 113-111 overtime loss at home to Philadelphia.

The Spurs are currently hanging in position to be in the play-in game scenario as they are currently the 10-seed and now game back of 8-seed Memphis and also 2.5 games ahead of 11th place New Orleans.

This is the first game of two in three days for the Spurs and Jazz and the first of four straight on the road for the Spurs. The Spurs are 7-5 on the second night of a back-to-back.

Utah is 4-3 since the loss of Donovan Mitchell as he and Mike Conley will miss another week. This is the second of five games in a row at home for Utah.

The Jazz fell out of first place on Friday night with their third loss of the season to the Suns, who replace them atop the Western Conference standings.

Utah won in San Antonio, 130-109, back on Jan. 3.

Key Injuries

  • SpursDejounte Murray – (knee) – Questionable – Derrick White – (ankle) – OUT
  • JazzMike Conley – (hamstring) – Donovan Mitchell – (ankle) – OUT

Trends

Spurs (35-27-1, ATS)

  • San Antonio is 5-0-1 ATS in it’s last 6 games
  • The OVER has been the call in 4 of the last 5 Spurs games
  • San Antonio is 2-4 ATS in it’s last 6 games vs. Utah

Jazz (36-27-1, ATS)

  • Utah is 1-4 ATS in it’s last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER is 5 of Utah’s last 7 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 12 of the last 16 games between the Jazz and Spurs

Last Time Out:

Ben Simmons tipped in the game-winning basket off a Joel Embiid miss as time ran out to life Philadelphia to a 113-111 win over the short-handed Spurs on Sunday evening in San Antonio. Lonnie Walker IV led San Antonio with 23 points as the Spurs were down four starters with Derrick White and Dejounte Murray nursing injuries and Demar DeRozen and Jakob Poeltl resting.

The Jazz bounced back from Friday night’s loss to the Suns with a 106-102 win over Toronto on Saturday night. Bojan Bogdanovich led Utah with 34 points, including six threes while Jordan Clarkson added 15. Toronto was only 6-of-24 from the floor in the fourth quarter after shooting 52 percent in the first three quarters.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Antonio Spurs +7½ (-110) +260 O 220½ (-110)
Utah Jazz -7½ (-110) -320 U 220½ (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Spurs:

San Antonio Spurs LogoGetting DeRozen and Poeltl back in the lineup is a must if the Spurs are to go into Utah and take even one of these two games. Ideally for coach Gregg Popovich would be the return of Murray as well with Conley and Mitchell still out for the Jazz. San Antonio has so many young players who don’t cheat the game and play hard every night. The Spurs are a much better team playing inside-out whether it be off the dribble or in the mid-range. They make 31.4 shots inside (4th/NBA) and shake 61.1 (1st/NBA). Poeltl going inside against Gobert will be a matchup to watch as the former Utah Ute makes 63 percent of his shots. Utah gives up the most shots in the NBA inside the arc at 59 per game, but allow opposition only 50.3 percent (1st/NBA).

Key Spurs Stat:

Keldon Johnson has started 58 of his 60 games as a rookie for San Antonio where he has been a solid role player all season. He averages 13 points per game and shoots 48.5 percent from the field. In shooting 53.3 percent from two-point range, he has shown the ability to get to the rim off the dribble and will be a tough matchup for potentially Jordan Clarkson or Royce O’Neale.

Spurs Fact:

The young lineup and rotation that we mentioned earlier has given Popovich a huge advantage from the bench as the Spurs are sixth in points (38.1) and fourth in made triples (5.4) from the bench. Journeyman Rudy Gay sets somewhat of a tone as an older veteran though as he scored 11.4 points and nabs 4.9 boards in 21.9 minutes. The same with the venerable Patty Mills (11.3 ppg, 37.6%-3), who logs 25.4 minutes. Walker has come back strong with his healthy as he attempts 10.1 shots per game and shoots 36.8 percent from three in 25.2 minutes.

Advantage, Utah:

Utah Jazz LogoWith Bogdanovic setting the tone for starters and Joe Ingles starting since Mitchell and Conley are injured, the shooting drop-off is minimal for the short haul until the duo gets back into the Utah lineup. Bogdanovic made 6-of-11 treys on Saturday night and Ingles had 4-of-7 as the Jazz shot 41.5 percent from distance. Of course, this thins the bench, so maybe a player like a Georges Niange (41.2%-3) can pick his game back up as he gets about 25 minutes per contest but has made only 4-of-17 shots and averaged 5.5 points in his last two outings

Key Jazz Stat:

Clarkson (17.2 ppg) is on his way to Sixth Man of the Year accolades as he came off the bench and played 33 huge minutes in scoring 15 points on Saturday. His 173 threes off the bench leads the NBA and he is 45 short of the all-time mark for a season of 218 which was set by Wayne Ellington of Miami in 2017-18. It’s been a valley of late as he has averaged 13 points over his last five games, four of those he has shot 33.3 percent or less.

Jazz Fact:

Ingles is such a pure shooter that he currently has qualified for the league lead in three-point percentage as he is at 47.2 percent on 7.8 attempts per contest and his true field goal percentage of 69.5 (50.4 FG%, 47.3 3FG%, 83.8 FT%), leads the Association.

Winner: Utah (-7.5) 117, San Antonio 107

The Bets
Utah Jazz -7½
-110
Utah Jazz
-320
OVER 220½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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