Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs / NBA – Jazzers have defeated Spurs in both this season’s duels this season, first time in their hall with 100:89, and then in San Antonio with 120: 111. Still, the Spurs are far better at the table of the West, because they are at the moment in third place, while Jazzers are tenth. Begins: 13.02.2018. – 03:00 CET
Utah will the night before the match with the Spurs play the match against Portland, and they will enter in that duel with a series of eight wins. So, Jazzers play pretty well, but they are not yet within the top eight of the West. Of course, the situation can vary greatly because each team will play at least 25 games, but the current situation is such that they will fight until the last regular part of the season. Jazzers, as expected, did not surrender in advance, so they on the last day of the transitional period rotated their team a little bit.
From the beginning of the season it was said that Hoodguard (16.8 points) would change the team, and that happened, so he was sent to Cleveland, from which they brought right wing Crowd as well as the former MVP of the league, Rose, who was immediately dismissed (he should now take the Wizards). Also, they got rid of veteran Johnson who was sent to Kings. It is obvious that Utah wants his future to be based on the rookie Mitchell (19.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and assistance per match) and center Gobert, while the Spaniard Rubio play great in attack lately, who suffered a minor injury against Hornets, but he could be part of the team against Spurs.
Probable lineups Utah Jazz: Rubio, Mitchell, Ingles, Favors, Gobert
San Antonio Spurs
Spurs are at the top of the West with 35 wins and 22 defeats hold the third place in the conference. However, they were defeated both times by Jazzers this season and regardless of having the first defence in the league (they receive 98.1 points per match), they have allowed their opponent to score a total of 220 points in these two games (at the same time, Jazzers have the fourth defence this season ). Of course, the Spurs are having problems with injuries of their best players throughout the season, and in those two games they could not count on Gasol, Green and Ginobili in the first and Leonard and Gay in the second duel (Mitchell was not in Utah).
In both of these matches they were having the most problems against the Jazzers’ guards, Hood and Rubio, while the inner line of Spurs was not at its level. Spurs have lost three of the last four matches and are not entering this match in a very good mood. Before Utah, they were defeated by Warriors with 105:122, and Leonard, Gay and Murray were out of action again. Coach Popovich has recently started playing without a classic center, and most of the game is played without the real “five” on the court.
Probable lineups San Antonio Spurs: Mills (Murray), Green, Anderson, Bertans, Aldridge
Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs PICK
It is important to note that Spurs will have to play all of their matches by the end of February, so they will probably be very exhausted. Jazzers have shown both times this season how to defeat the Spurs and where the “holes” are in their defence. They are now closer to victory because they have no problems with their team like Spurs.
Pick: Utah -3.5 points
Odds: 1.90 at betvictor (down to 1.82 can be played)