San Antonio at Utah NBA Betting Pick, Prediction & TV Info

Posted by Aaron . on April 11, 2017 in

The San Antonio Spurs (61-20) finish their regular season on Wednesday night in Utah against the Jazz (50-31). The Spurs have dropped three of four, including a 99-98 loss in Portland on Monday night, despite the fact that the Trail Blazers were resting C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, their two top scorers. The Jazz beat the Warriors in Golden State, 105-99, on Monday night. Here’s a closer look at the NBA betting prediction for this Western Conference matchup.

San Antonio at Utah NBA Betting Pick, Prediction & TV Info

When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Radio: San Antonio / Utah

Why should you bet on the Spurs?

The Spurs are locked into that two-seed in the West, but they’re not looking their sharpest right now. Former UConn phenom Shabazz Napier dropped a career best 32 points on the Spurs, so despite 18 points from Kawhi Leonard, the Trail Blazers were in a position to win after Pat Connaughton nailed a long jumper, Jake Layman threw in a dunk and then the Spurs turned the ball over on an inbound pass — and Noah Vonleh corralled a loose ball and put in a buzzer-beating layup. The Spurs didn’t get stops when they needed them, didn’t have much ball security late, and looked slow on offense — all trends that need to reverse before the playoffs begin.

Why should you put your money on the Jazz?

We should point out that in that win over Golden State, the Warriors rested their starters for the fourth period instead of going all-out to win the game. The game was tied when the fourth began, and the Jazz put up 31 points. Rudy Gobert scored 17 points and grabbed 18 boards, and Joe Johnson nailed a big three-ball with 1:20 left on the clock. The Warriors already had the #1 seed in the postseason in the bag, so while Stephen Curry had 28 points and Kevin Durant had 16 points and 10 boards, there was no real reason to push hard for a meaningless win. The Jazz now head home to take on a Spurs team with some questions to answer — will they be able to stop San Antonio?

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Since Gregg Popovich has said that no one will be resting in this last game, and since the Spurs didn’t play well in Portland, I expect full effort — and a 110-101 San Antonio win.