San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz | NBA Betting Lines

Written by on May 5, 2021

It’s a potential Western Conference first-round playoff preview when the Utah Jazz host the San Antonio Spurs for the second game in a row on Wednesday. The Jazz rather easily won the first Monday and will be big favorites again on the NBA odds. It’s the lone national TV game of the night.

How to Bet Spurs at Jazz NBA Odds & TV Info

  • When: Wednesday, 9 PM ET
  • Where: Vivint Smart Arena
  • TV: NBA TV, NBA League Pass
  • Stream: NBA.com, NBA TV app
  • Radio: Tunein.com
  • NBA Odds: TBA (depends on injuries but Jazz will be big favorites)

Season Series

The Jazz try for the three-game sweep. The Spurs lead all-time 107-85 but Utah leads at home 62-34. Jazz coach Quin Snyder is the former head coach of the Spurs D-League affiliate, Austin Toros (2007-10). Snyder and Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford were assistant coaches together with the Los Angeles Clippers (1992-93). Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey spent five seasons (2007-12) with the Spurs as the team’s vice president and assistant general manager before joining Utah.

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The Spurs lost their fourth in a row on Monday, 110-99 at Utah. DeMar DeRozan went 10-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 at the stripe for 22 points. DeRozan added one rebound, six assists, three steals and one block in his return from a day off in the previous game. He has averaged 25.0 points, 8.3 assists and 3.8 board across his last six contests.

Dejounte Murray returned from a one-game absence with a sore knee and had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.  Murray did struggle with four turnovers — his highest mark in his last seven contests. Patty Mills and Lonnie Walker combined for just 4 points on 2-for-7 shooting.

Rudy Gay had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench in 23 minutes. Gay returned to a typical workload after logging 36 minutes in an overtime loss to the 76ers on Sunday. Over his past five, Gay is averaging 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds on 50.8% shooting.

While the bench largely managed to avoid being a net negative, the starting until was so solidly outplayed (-47 as a whole) that there proved to be little-to-no opportunity to dig their way out. With 8 games left and a brutal ending stretch of schedule, every win or loss could determine whether the Spurs reach the play-in tournament.

The Spurs bench ranks sixth in points (38.4) and fourth in made three-pointers (5.4). The Spurs have dished out 30+ assists eight times this season are now 171-13 under Gregg Popovich when they dish out 30+ assists as a team. The Spurs’ 6.2 opponent steals is a franchise single season record, beating out the previous record of 6.5 steals allowed in 2008-09. The Spurs lead the league in opponent points off turnovers, 14.2. San Antonio opponents are averaging 15.8 free throws made a game for the 8th fewest free throws allowed in a season in Spurs history.

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The Jazz played without All-Star guards Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell in Monday’s win over the Spurs – Conley may play here but Mitchell will not. Mitchell has been sidelined since suffering a right ankle sprain during an April 16 contest against the Indiana Pacers. He will be re-evaluated this weekend. Before sustaining the ankle injury, Mitchell was averaging career highs of 26.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Utah went on a 22-6 run over the final 6 minutes of the first half Monday, building up a 19-point lead that would keep the Spurs at arm’s length the rest of the night. Rudy Gobert dominated with 24 points and 15 rebounds along with three blocks. Gobert has totaled 31 rebounds across his last two games. He’s also tallied defensive stats as expected, racking up at least three blocks in four of his last five games.

Gobert ranks first in the NBA in defensive win shares (4.6), first in defensive rating (100.6) and second in blocks per contest (2.8).  Additionally, Gobert has remained as consistent as ever on offense, leading the NBA in field goal percentage (.678), tied for first in screen assists per game (6.3) and leads in dunks (209).

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 25 points. Over the past four games with Conley and Mitchell out, he’s averaged 26.3 points on 16.5 attempts from the floor per contest. In that same span, Bogdanovic has averaged 2.8 threes on 37.9 percent shooting while also getting to the free throw line 6.8 times and converting at an 88.9 percent rate.

The shooting slump of sixth man Jordan Clarkson continued was he was 7-for-20 for 16 points go to with six rebounds and five assists. Clarkson led the team with 20 attempts from the field, but he shot a horrific 35 percent from the field and 20 percent from three-point range. Across his last three games, Clarkson has gone just 16-for-53 from the field — including 5-for-24 from beyond the arc.

The Jazz are currently knocking down 16.9 three per contest, which is a league best and on pace to set an NBA record for most threes per contest in a single season.

Expert Prediction

  • Jazz 115, Spurs 105
 
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