The Utah Jazz (12-18) travel to face off against the San Antonio Spurs (4-24) on Tuesday, December 26th. This game will be played at Frost Bank Center. The Jazz are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Spurs are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Raptors. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Jazz vs Spurs
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
The Jazz notched a win against the Raptors in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 126-119. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 71-55, the Jazz picked up the win.
When looking at their overall record of 12-18, the Jazz have gone 2-1 in their last three games. At home, the Jazz are 8-5 compared to their 4-13 record on the road.
The Jazz have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 16-14. As the favorite this season, Utah is 3-1 vs. the spread while going 13-13 as the underdog.
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Mavericks, Jeremy Sochan was the top scorer for the Spurs’ offense, scoring 23 points and shooting 9/16 from the field. While Keldon Johnson was 2nd on the team with 16 points, San Antonio fell short in the game with a final score of 144-119.
In their quest to defeat the Jazz, the Spurs have a sub-.500 record of 4-24. So far, the Spurs are 4-16 against Western Conference teams and 0-8 in non-conference games.
So far, San Antonio’s ATS record is below .500 at 11-17. San Antonio has struggled to cover the spread in their last two road games and has an ATS record of 5-9 on the road, while it is 6-8 at home.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
This season, the Utah offense is ranked 21st in the NBA in scoring at 113 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.2 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to improve, they would benefit from attacking the basket and generating looks at the line. So far, they are ranked just 16th in made free-throws per game.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
San Antonio has recorded an average of 110.6 points per game (25th) throughout 28 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.8 made 3’s per game. Not only is the San Antonio offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 30th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Jazz Team Defense
At this time, the Jazz’s defense is positioned 24 in the NBA, permitting 119.4 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 55.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.7% of their three-point attempts.
Spurs Team Defense
At this time, the Spurs’ defense is positioned 28 in the NBA, permitting 123.0 points per game.
The San Antonio defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.4% of their field goal attempts vs. San Antonio.
Key Players For The Jazz And Spurs
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Lauri Markkanen is set to be the main scorer for the Jazz, recording 12 points and shooting 5/9 from the field. This season, he is averaging 23.6 points per game along with 8.6 boards.
As for San Antonio, Devin Vassell is projected to be the primary scorer for the Spurs. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 14, and adding 2 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.7%, and his scoring average is 17.9 points per game.
Jazz vs Spurs Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Utah has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 120 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Through their last three home contests, the Spurs offense has averaged 111 points per game while allowing an average of 130. San Antonio posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Spurs have a straight up record of 1-9 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Utah has an ATS mark of 6-3-1 while going 7-3 straight up.
Coming in as the underdogs at +3, we have the Spurs as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 243, and our model projects the Jazz and Spurs to reach a combined total of 208 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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