Spurs @ Jazz: DeRozan leads San Antonio into Utah
Spurs at Jazz NBA odds spreads and predictions
The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Utah to square off against the Jazz on Saturday.
The Spurs will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they travel to Utah.
DeMar DeRozan finished with 35 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Spurs in a 127-118 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Rudy Gay contributed 25 points, three rebounds and two assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryn Forbes chipped in 11 points for the Spurs in the loss.
When is it? Saturday February 9th
What time is tip off? 5:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Vivint Smart Home Arena
The Utah Jazz, on the other hand, are coming off a win in their last matchup.
Donovan Mitchell led the way with 21 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal for the Jazz in a 116-88 thrashing of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Rudy Gobert contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks, Joe Ingles added 15 points and 11 assists, Derrick Favors had 14 points, and Ricky Rubio chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Jazz in the victory.
The Jazz are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are only allowing 105.8 points per game this season, which is the fourth best in the entire league.
Spurs @ Jazz Spread
The Utah Jazz are giving the Spurs 6 points in this matchup.
The Jazz are certainly a tough team at home, however, I do believe the Spurs will do enough to cover the 6-point spread.
The Spurs, who are currently 32-25 this season, and the Jazz, who stand at 31-24, have nearly identical records and I believe it will show in this game how close of a matchup this will really be.
Roll with San Antonio and the points here.
Spurs @ Jazz Over/Under
The over/under is set at 221.5 total points in this one.
My final score prediction: Utah Jazz 105, San Antonio Spurs 103.
Take the under in this basketball game. These are two terrific defensive teams, so you can definitely expect a defensive battle.
Where the game will be won or lost
The Utah Jazz are trending in the right direction as they head into Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Jazz are winners of 13 of 18 games since the beginning of January, and they have won nine of 11 games on their home court.
Over their last 15 games, the Jazz have a 105.5 defensive rating, which is second best in the NBA.
When Utah's defense plays well, it makes things easier for the Jazz and their offense. The Jazz shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of their last three wins and they have allowed only three opponents to shoot better than 50 percent since the start of the new year. That's ridiculous!
The Jazz have a 42-1 record at home since November 5, 2014 when they shoot at least 50 percent in a game.
Utah came away with a 139-105 victory over San Antonio on Dec. 4 when the Spurs visited Salt Lake City.
In that matchup, seven Utah players scored in double figures, led by Donovan Mitchell, who finished with 20 points. The Jazz had a season-high in field-goal percentage (60.7), and they set a franchise record for 3-pointers made, as they hit on 20-of-33 (60.6) attempts from beyond-the-arc.