In a battle between the two best defensive squads of the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs (42-30), who want to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Utah Jazz (40-31), who want to start another streak and secure the best placement possible in the upcoming postseason.
Date/Time: 03-23-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -3
San Antonio are 42-30 (38-32-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting in the 6th place of the West. They have win their last five games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Washington at home with a 98-90 score. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team both in scoring with 22.7 ppg and in rebounding, with 8.4 per game. Kawhi Leonard is still unavaiblable with an injury. Rudy Gay adds 11.1 ppg and 5 boards, while Pau Gasol adds 10.4 ppg and 8.1 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersUtah are 40-31 (38-33-0 against the spread) so far in the league and are currently tied with Minnesota in the 7th place of the West. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Dallas on the road with a 119-112 score. The rookie Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 20 ppg, while Rudy Gobert adds 14 ppg and a team-best 10.8 boards per game. Ricky Rubio adds 12.7 ppg, 4.5 boards and a team-best 5.4 dimes per game.
Utah have won all three previous games against San Antonio earlier this season. Last game in Texas ended with a 111-120 score. San Antonio have a 28-8 home record this season, while Utah are 16-19 on the road. Utah have a better offense with 103.2 ppg to San Antonio’s 102.1, while San Antonio have the best defense in the league, allowing 98.8 ppg, while Utah follow second with 100. Both teams have almost identical accuracy from the field with 45.76% and 45.74%, while Utah have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 36.46% to San Antonio’s 35.29%. San Antonio grab more rebounds, with 44.3 to Utah’s 43.1 and dish more assists, with 22.9 to Utah’s 21.9. Utah are playing extremely well lately and don’t expect Spurs to stop them even in San Antonio, so pick Jazz for the road win today.
Utah Jazz vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: Utah Jazz +3 (-108)