NBA Betting Odds
Utah Jazz ( +10.5 ) -110
San Antonio Spurs ( -10.5 ) -110
You can’t help but give a round of applause to Head Coach Tyrone Corbin and his staff for coaching the Jazz up and leading the franchise back to the playoffs after a year hiatus. It wasn’t easy for Utah though, as it took a 100-88 home win and cover in their second to last game of the regular season to punch their ticket to the second season. In knocking Steve Nash and the Suns out of the postseason picture, Utah closed out the year winners in each of their final five games ( 4-1 ATS ).
Utah possesses a very interesting mix of veteran and young talent led by All Star center Al Jefferson who will enter this Game 1 NBA lines match-up enemy #1 for the Spurs defense. He’s the Jazz’s leading scorer ( 19.2 PPG ) and top rebounder ( 9.6 RPG ), but he also possesses a fine complement in the form of Paul Millsap who averaged 16.6 PPG and 8.8 RPG himself. If Utah is to remotely have a shot at pulling the shocker here, it will be their bigs down low that must pull the trick much like the Grizzlies did a season ago. That said; the Jazz were wretched away from EnergySolutions Arena where they amassed just 11 wins in 33 overall tries ( 14-18-1 ATS ).
Though the Spurs matched the Bulls 50 wins in the regular season, Tim Duncan and his mates would not hold home court advantage in the Finals if those two were to meet down the road due to Chicago picking up the 96-89 win at San Antonio right out of the All Star break. Back to the here and now though – has there been a team more impressive than the 2011-12 San Antonio Spurs? This squad ripped off numerous multi-game winning streaks throughout the regular season, and they were a goldmine for basketball bettors having covered 64 percent of their overall games played!
Though the defense hardly plays to the level of teams from years past, the offense is simply electric! With Tony Parker running the show and a bench that seemingly goes on forever, the Spurs ended up with the second highest scoring NBA betting lines attack in the league (103.7 PPG). Even more impressive is the fact that they’re the top shooting team from the field ( 47.8% ) and from beyond the arc ( 39.3% ). If Duncan, Blair, Splitter and Leonard aren’t pounding the opposition in the paint, Parker and Ginobili are streaking to the basket setting up wide open shots for the Spurs sharpshooters to rain down 3’s. SA was only tripped up five times as a host ( 28 wins ) and they went on to post a lucrative 24-8-1 ATS tally in those games.
NBA Lines Prediction: The Jazz ended their six-game losing streak at the hands of the Spurs in the conference rivals most recent clash back on April 9th, but that game saw the trio of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili not even travel with the team to Salt Lake City. In the other three games of the regular season, San Antonio won by an average of 9.7 PPG and went 2-0-1 versus the closing number. The favorite has covered the pointspread at a 21-7-1 clip in these teams L/29 overall confrontations, and we simply don’t like the set-up for the Jazz in Game 1. Utah expended a ton of energy just to qualify for the postseason, and now that they’re there, deflation of that excitement bubble should be expected. Pair that with the Spurs out to make things right after bowing out in the first round last season, and you got quite the recipe for a Game 1 blowout!
Can the overmatched Jazz compete enough to cover Game 1’s lofty NBA odds spread, or will the Spurs look to make a point and not take their foot off the gas en route to the home win and cover? Lock your opinion in on this and other pro hoops playoff match-ups at Bookmaker Sportsbook, the most reliable sportsbook with the fastest payouts in the business.
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