San Antonio at Utah
The Jazz, coming off one their worst games defensively, look to win their third game against the struggling Spurs this season Monday night.
Though it shot 50.0 percent, Utah (11-8) couldn’t keep up with Minnesota in a 108-101 loss Saturday night. The Jazz held their previous four opponents to 93 points or fewer, but struggled against one of the NBA’s worst offensive teams.
Utah’s last game was a loss to Minnesota(3-17) by -7. That must have been really disappointing. That game was tight from the beginning and neither team managed to make huge point difference for the first three quarters and Utah, same as Spurs have lost the game in last quarter. They have allowed 38 points in the last quarter. Something that coach Sloan won’t allow against the Spurs.
Utah has 4-1 score in the last 5 games and are 4-1 in the last 5 game at home, and 1-1 in this month. They have 4-0 at home after loosing the last home game to Thunder. They are one of the best home teams in the league. They were 1st or 2nd best home team last season with 35 wins at home (as i remember good 38wins and 3 losses). Their team hasn’t changed much from last season. After that loss to Thunder no one came close to beating Jazz in Salt Lake City. They have won their last 4 games at home with average of +14 points.
San Antonio is 1-4 on the road, averaging 90.8 points and shooting 29.5 percent from 3-point range. Tim Duncan, though, has had two straight strong games away from the AT&T Center, averaging 21.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 blocks.
Boozer has been playing great in the last two weeks, averaging 26 Pts and 11 rebounds in almost 36 mins per game.
Williams averaged 17 Pts and 10 Ast over the last two weeks too.
I know he’ll be playing against Spurs and Duncan but with Duncan saving himself already for 2nd part of the season (31 min/game), I can see Boozer continuing that trend again, as he is in his contract year and he wants more money… Typical for Boozer.
In two games against Duncan, Boozer averaged 22.5 Pts and 12.5 Rbs while shooting 50% from the field.
I also think that Williams will be out playing Parker again as he did in the previous games. Williams averaged 24Pts and 9.5 Ast and shooting over 55%, and mostly due to his advantage in size over the Parker/other Spurs PG’s.
Duncan on the other hand averaged 18Pts and 11Rbs while shooting 50%.
Parker played only first game against Jazz with 21 Pts and 3 Ast shooting 45 %.
While they are very similar and Spurs have Ginobili and Jefferson, they are this season without their best defender(possibly leagues best) over the last several season Bowen. Therefore I think rest of the Jazz will perform on high note, considering the loss to Minnesota. I expect Brewer, Okur to raise their game and Milsap to bring extra spark off the bench.
Important trends :
* UTA are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Mon. game
* SA are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Utah.
* Favorite is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
* Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
* Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite.
* Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
* Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Our free NBA tip for the Spurs-Jazz match up is :
Good luck everyone !