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NBA betting line favors Spurs over Jazz

San Antonio SpursUtah Jazz
18-4December 14, 2013, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena6-19

The visiting Spurs hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at EnergySolutions Arena against the Jazz.

The Jazz bring a 6-19 record (11-13-1 ATS) to the battle against the 18-4 Spurs, who are 11-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah go 11-14 so far and the Spurs go 13-9. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -9.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 197 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Jazz - Spurs odds would favor the Spurs if the lines were set according to power ranks. Utah is rated No. 27 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Spurs sit at No. 3. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 100-83 win for the Spurs.

The Spurs were a 117-110 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (227) made winners of OVER bettors. The Spurs got a 29-point performance from Tony Parker as San Antonio ran past Minnesota 117-110 on Friday at AT&T Center.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 103-93 winner as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Jazz covered in the match as a 10.5-point underdog, while 196 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Gordon Hayward poured in 30 points for Utah on Friday, as they defeated Denver 103-93 at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 93.72 PPG, against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 4 at 93.59 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 43.5% so far, less than the Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 49.56% per game.

Next up:
San Antonio at Los Angeles, Monday, December 16th
Utah at Miami, Monday, December 16th