The San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz are at Vivint Arena on Friday night looking for a winning performance. The Spurs are coming off an ugly loss against the Charlotte Hornets, as they were throttled by a score of 131-115.
The Hornets got started early in that one, as they poured it on for 46 points in the 1st quarter. They put on the brakes following that hot start, but still ended up with 131 points on the board in a performance that is going to keep Gregg Popovich up at night.
Spurs in town ?
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 17, 2021
Popovich has dealt with teams in the past that played lockdown defense and didn’t give up much to their opponents. The Tim Duncan and Tony Parker teams in the 2000’s, and then with Kawhi Leonard later on, the Spurs were a team that shooters didn’t want to play.
They knew that they were going to be in for a physical night. However, this edition of the Spurs has been far too inconsistent and thin defensively. That has to be frustrating for a defensive coach like Popovich. It’s not like this team is void of talent, though.
The trio of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Keldon Johnson have developed into a serious scoring force for the Spurs. When those three are feeling ON, they can carry the Spurs’ offense. Not that it means much when they’re giving up all of those points defensively.
The Spurs will have to do a better job on both ends of the floor if they are going to find success tonight. A 115-point effort may not be enough versus the red-hot Jazz. Utah goes into Friday night on an eight-game winning streak.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 17, 2021
In their most recent attempt, the Jazz emerged with a 124-103 win over the LA Clippers two days back. They’ve scored at least 118 points in four straight games and in a groove at the moment. Popovich isn’t going to want to look if his team plays how they did against the Hornets.
Head below for our free Spurs vs. Jazz pick on December 17, 2021.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|San Antonio Spurs||+11.5 (-110)||+500||Over 226 (-110)|
|Utah Jazz||-11.5 (-110)||-700||Under 226 (-110)|
|Team Data||San Antonio Spurs||Utah Jazz|
|Points Per Game||108.8||115.6|
|Points Against Per Game||109.5||104.1|
|Field Goal %||46.7||48.2|
|Three Point %||34.9||37.3|
Spurs vs. Jazz Prediction:
The Jazz can name their score in this one if the Spurs are going to play with the same defensive intensity as they did versus the Hornets. Having said that, the Spurs still have a tough road ahead in Utah even if they play better basketball.
Utah is going into tonight with the highest-scoring offense in the NBA. They’ve put in an average of 115.6 points per game and a 48.2% field goal percentage. The Jazz can score from the inside or outside.
This isn’t just the Rudy Gobert show dominating around the rim. The Jazz can kick it outside and shoot from outside. They are shooting 37.3% from three for third best in the NBA.
If Gobert needs to dominate, the Jazz are capable of doing that as well. Gobert has scored 15.3 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. Utah is fourth in offensive and first in defensive rebounding.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:
- 4-0 ATS in their previous four games after failing to cover the spread
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games on one-day rest
- OVER is 7-3-1 in their previous 11 games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
- OVER is 12-4 in their previous 16 games versus a team with a winning record
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- 4-0 ATS in their previous four games
- 3-11 ATS in their previous 14 games on a Friday
- OVER is 7-1-1 in their previous nine games on one-day rest
- OVER is 6-1-1 in their previous eight games as a favorite
- OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus a team with a losing record
The Spurs likely don’t have the personnel to cool off the Jazz offense tonight. Popovich has to realize that the Jazz are going to get their points in this one.
At home this season, the Jazz have been even more deadly with 116.7 points per game on 49.5% shooting. They are approaching a field goal percentage of 50% at home.
Through their last five attempts, the Jazz have scored 122 points per game, while the Spurs have conceded 117.4 points a game during that same five-game stretch.
Fortunately for Popovich, his team is capable of shooting the ball well. The Spurs are in the top-5 with a field goal percentage of 46.7%. They need to be better at the free throw line, but have scored consistently from the field.
The Jazz will get stops and put the Spurs into lulls at times in this one, but San Antonio should put together a decent game offensively. With a sharp point spread, I’m pointing towards the total.
I’m looking at a high-scoring final score, with a game getting into the 230’s in Utah on Friday night. That presents an opportunity on the OVER at 226.