San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Predictions, NBA Picks Against the Spread 2/21/2020
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -7.5
LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs (23-31, 4th in the Southwest Division) are headed to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Utah Jazz (36-18, 2nd in the Northwest Division). Utah opens this game as 7.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 221.5.
The Spurs are covering the spread 43.4% of the time, having gone 23-30-1 ATS. Utah is covering 52.8% of the time, going 28-25-1 against the spread.
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
02/19/20 SG DeMar DeRozan Back is upgraded to probable Friday vs Utah
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
02/14/20 PG Mike Conley Illness is questionable Friday vs San Antonio
DeMar DeRozan averages 23.0 points per game in 34.3 minutes per contest. He averages 5.2 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. LaMarcus Aldridge comes into this contest averaging 19.1 points per game while playing 33.2 minutes per night. He pulls down 7.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Rudy Gobert averages 15.6 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 14.6 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 69% and his free throw percentage is 61%. Donovan Mitchell averages 24.3 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.3 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Spurs allow 114.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 20th and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they give up 25.7 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. They force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league. San Antonio averages 113.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 9th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.3 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 24.5 assists per contest, which ranks them 16th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.4 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Jazz surrender 107.2 points per contest, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 9th and 5th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 20.7 assists allowed per contest, and 4th with 42.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 2nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.1 per game. Utah is 16th in the league with 111.3 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 4.1. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They are 11th in the league in rebounding with 45.7 boards per game and 26th in assists per contest with 22.2. The Jazz are 10th in turnovers per game with 15.0.
The Spurs are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.1, and their defensive rating of 113.4 is ranked 25th. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 99.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 14th. As a team they are 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 29th in the league. San Antonio is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 9th in the league.
Utah is 6th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA. The Jazz are 7th in the league in defensive rating with 108.3, and their offensive rating of 112.4 is ranked 9th. They are 20th in the NBA in pace with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 2nd. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 10th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Antonio +7.5
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