A pair of old Western Conference rivals are set to square off on Wednesday night in San Antonio. The San Antonio Spurs will play host to the Utah Jazz in a game that will feature one of the best offenses in the league, taking on a great defensive team. Utah is trying to stay near the top of the Western Conference standings, while the San Antonio Spurs are trying to stay in the playoff race.
The San Antonio Spurs are looking to turn things around after losing three straight games. San Antonio has fallen into fourth place in the Southwest Division with an overall record of 20-26. Utah saw their four-game winning streak snapped in their last game, but they are still trending in the right direction. The Jazz come into this game with a record of 32-14 to lead the Northwest Division, but the Denver Nuggets are right there with them.
Jazz Will Need to Make Some Shots
If the Utah Jazz are going to win in San Antonio then they are going to need to shoot the ball well. Utah is shooting just under 39 percent from the three-point line as a team, and they have the ability to make a bunch of shots from deep. The Jazz are scoring just 111.2 points per game, but they are capable of having a big night when shooting the ball well. Defense remains a strength for the Jazz, and they are allowing just 106.2 points per game.
Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is averaging close to 25 points per game this season, and he is the clear leader of this team on offense. Mitchell can score in a variety of ways, but he also has some teammates that are really starting to play well. Point guard Ricky Rubio is dishing out close to 9 assists per game, and center Rudy Gobert is a double-double machine. The Jazz will need all of these players to step up to win this game.
Defense Has Been a Struggle For Spurs
San Antonio has really struggled on the defensive end of the floor this season, and that is the biggest reason for their poor record. The Spurs are allowing over 114 points per game, and they have been getting lit up by some teams of late. San Antonio has tried to counteract their poor defense with a high powered offense, and they are averaging over 113 points per game. The Spurs will try to speed up the game against the Jazz, but that’s easier said than done.
Small forward DeMar DeRozan leads the team with 22.7 points per game this season, and he has also averaging 5.2 assists per game. He just recently had a 36-point performance, but it came in a losing effort against the Chicago Bulls. LaMarcus Aldridge has chipped in with 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and he could be a huge key for the Spurs in this one.
San Antonio Protects Home Court With Win
The San Antonio Spurs have struggled in recent seasons, but they are still coached by the legendary Gregg Popovich. Popovich has always been a defensive minded coach, but this version of the Spurs has really struggled to defend. Utah has been a terrific defensive team this season, but their offense has let them down at times throughout the year. The Jazz just don’t score points consistently enough to really trust them winning on the road, especially in San Antonio. The Spurs are going to make just enough shots to pick up a nice home win in this game.
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