San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz: Can Jazz sustain the rhythm without Mitchell?

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28 Dec 2021 04:30
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Arena: AT & T Center     
Home Floor: San Antonio Spurs
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27 Dec 2021
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San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds │28 DECEMBER, 2021

Injuries are also now haunting the NBA scene along with COVID-19 and this makes for aggressive signing of players on ten-day deals in some cases. With the health & safety protocols keeping a ton of players away, the betting dynamics have also shifted the space in unprecedented ways. Anyway, in this game, two high-scoring squads in Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs cross paths for the second time this month. The Jazz winning train has kept rolling and the team has 23 wins and just 9 losses. Meanwhile, the rebuilding Spurs have improved their record recently but still have four more losses than their 14 wins. The Jazz will be without Mitchell for this game while the Spurs beat the Jazz last time 128:126 even when Mitchell played, can the Spurs replicate that performance? To have a quick look, look into “Notes” section. To know my thoughts on the game result and total prediction, go to “Expert Betting Tips”.

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Spurs can put up offensive galore: Even with the team’s leading scorer, rebounder, and playmaker Murray out, the team can run the offense through Derrick White who is equally adept at handing over crisp passes. The Spurs have scored 128 or more in three of the last five games and have eclipsed the 114 points mark in numerous games this month. They are packed scoring-wise and San Antonio has put on the heat even against elite defenses. White, Johnson, McDermott, Poeltl, Lonnie Walker, Devin Vassell, Keita Bates-Diop, Jock Landale, and Bryn Forbes can all go in double digits with White, McDermott, Johnson and Poelt being the high-yielding options.

Jazz without Mitchell: Last season when Mitchell went down around the Playoffs, Utah Jazz’s campaign lost its rhythm. The team lost many games without Donovan and it is clear that he is the leader of this team. It isn’t like that the Jazz lacks depth to tackle the opponents but Mitchell’s ability to take over games is one of the reasons why the Jazz has been so dominant for two seasons in a row now. Still, without Mitchell, Bogdanovic clicked home 30+ points games last season and along with Gobert, Conley, Clarkson, O’Neale, Ingles, Whiteside, and Gay, the team still has enough teeths to fang into the opponent’s defense.

Here are some quick-hitter related to the game.

  • Jazz has put up 120, 128, 112, 103, 126 in the last five games;
  • Jazz has conceded 116, 116, 102,109, 128 in the last five matches;
  • Spurs have scored 144, 138, 116, 114, 128 in the last five games;
  • Spurs have given up 109, 110, 92, 116, 126 in the last five games;
  • Jazz is on a three-game winning streak. Utah has won nine games and has two losses in December;
  • Spurs are also on a three-game winning streak. They have eight wins and five losses this month;
  • The Spurs beat the Jazz 128:126 during the last meeting between the two squads;
  • Rudy Gobert has cleared 15 or more rebounds a ton of times this season. He leads every player in rebounding with around 15 a game;
  • Keldon Johnson has racked up 10 or more rebounds in three of the last four games;
  • Bojan Bogdanovic usually scores in the 16-22 points range usually, he scored 25 in the last and with Mitchell gone for a couple of games, he can go past the 20 points mark again. He had some big games last season when Mitchell was out;
  • Derrick White has given 10, 7 assists in the last two games and with Murray out, he can increase the number;
  • Donovan Mitchell has mostly scored in the 27-35 points range this month;
  • Jazz’s injury list: Donovan Mitchell has been ruled out. Malik Fitts and Udoka Azubuike has been out for many days now;
  • Spurs injury list: DeJounte Murray has been placed in the COVID-19 protocols. Zach Collins continues to be out;
  • Take a look at the league’s injury list before placing any bets.

Points Range: Spurs’ last five games have totaled 253, 248, 208, 235, and 254, those are just absurd numbers. Jazz’s last five games have totaled 236, 244, 214, 212, 254. Gosh, these are just some absurd scoring numbers and you can see how this one has the potential of being a 240+ total points game. Even with Mitchell and Murray, the teams have enough depth to get around that total and engage in a shootout type of game. I believe both will hover around at least 110 points here. The Total Points range here seems to be 220-240.

Prediction: With Murray out, the Spurs lose out on the already fragile defensive end while the Jazz’s closer Donovan Mitchell’s absence can reduce the chances of a Jazz win too. Considering how these two teams have played, this could be one of those games where missing 3-4 shots in a row can be fatal and determine the game’s result. Playing at home, Spurs can claim advantage but it isn't like that they are any more destructive at home than at road. I think this will be a high-scorer that swings the Jazz’s way heading into the closing quarter. The scoreline seems to be somewhere around 122:116 in favour of the Jazz.

  • Total 2 Under 117.5 for 1.94;
  • Point Spread: San Antonio Spurs +7.5 for 1.85;
  • Player Props: Player Points Milestones: Bojan Bogdanovic: 25 for 3.75.
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