SAN ANTONIO SPURS (18-4)
at UTAH JAZZ (12-10)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: San Antonio -3.5, Total: 209.5
The red-hot Spurs try to extend their win streak to six when they visit a surging Utah team on Wednesday night.
San Antonio is 10-1 SU (9-2 ATS) in its past 11 games overall, and is an incredible 11-2 SU (10-3 ATS) on the road this season, outscoring these hosts by 7.9 PPG. Utah is also playing well with three straight victories, including a stunning 117-110 road win against the Lakers on Sunday. The Spurs have dominated this series in the past three years, winning 11 of 12 meetings and posted an 8-3-1 ATS mark against the Jazz.
Will the Spurs be able to win again, and by a comfortable margin? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts are sizzling with a collective 15-9 ATS (63%) mark in Best Bets over the past three days, and are now at 54% ATS (129-112-10) on Best Bets for the season. StatFox Gary is 13-5-1 ATS (72%) since Nov. 26 and 65% ATS (24-13-3) Best Bets for the year. For NBA Totals, StatFox Scott is 3-0 in the past three days and 36-18 (66%) for the season, while Gary is 13-6 (68%) in Totals since Nov. 24, and 53% (20-18-1) on totals this season. Scott is at 57% ATS (31-23) Best Bets for the season, while StatFox Dave is 67% ATS (6-3) on Best Bets in the past four days, including 3-0 ATS on Monday.
PG Tony Parker was unbelievable in San Antonio's 134-126 overtime win at Houston on Monday, recording his first career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. That gives him 23.6 PPG (61% FG) and 8.8 APG during the five-game win streak. Parker also had 24 points and 10 assists in a 110-100 victory over Utah on Nov. 3, giving him 22.1 PPG in his past 17 games versus the Jazz. SG Gary Neal also had a huge performance on Monday with a career-high 29 points, hitting 7-of-10 threes. He has 17.1 PPG in his past seven contests.
The biggest reason Utah has lost five of six home games to San Antonio is horrible shooting from behind the arc (22%, 16-of-74). But the Jazz have been great from downtown this season, hitting 37.4% of their threes, good for eighth in the NBA. Mo Williams had 22 points and nine assists in Sunday's road win against the Lakers, and he also had 29 points and nine assists when he faced the Spurs last month. But the Jazz will try to win this game down low, where they have 50+ points in the paint in four of the past five games. C Al Jefferson averages a double-double with 17.2 PPG and 10.7 RPG, while PF Paul Millsap pumps in 15.0 PPG and 8.3 RPG.