Utah Jazz vs San Antonio Spurs Game 2 Pick, Prediction, and Odds
Game 1 of the NBA Playoff series between the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs went about as expected. The Jazz's big men did a solid job inside and had most of the production, but their guards were not able to get anything going which left them in a good bit of trouble against the top seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs took advantage of this and ended up pushing to a nice 15 point win in a game that was probably a little bit closer than 15 points when all was said and done. Regardless though, it was a solid win and we are now on to Game 2 of the series which will take place on Wednesday night, April 2nd. This game is once again in San Antonio, and the Spurs will look to extend the series to 2-0 with another big showing.
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If the Jazz want to get back in this series they'll need more production out of the likes of Devin Harris and Josh Howard. Howard is just coming back from an injury but he'll need to be more productive in terms of scoring, and Harris is very inconsistent when it comes to scoring the ball. The team in general needs to tighten up on guard Tony Parker as well and find a way to slow him down, as he torched them for 28 points and 8 assists in Game 1. This is all easier said than done of course because the Spurs are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and Tony Parker is also playing at another level right now as well.
Tip off for this game is set for 7:05pm EST on Wednesday night, and any fan of the NBA or sports bettor out there will have their eyes glued to this game, because it is a huge one for both sides. The Jazz can get an edge on the Spurs by stealing one on the road, and the Spurs need to hold on to home court here.
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I think that the Jazz are going to be able to keep this game quite a bit closer, but that they'll struggle to get over the hump in San Antonio. It's a tough place to play and the entire team is playing well right now, so I'm going to roll with the Spurs in this game. Look for Parker to put up a big stat line once again, but also for the Spurs bench to play a big part in a win on Wednesday night also. Players like Stephen Jackson and Manu Ginobili are both playmakers, and I think that they'll step up when the team needs them most in Game 2 of this series.
Prediction: San Antonio Spurs- 98 Utah Jazz- 90
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I simply think that +11.5 is too many to give to the Jazz in this game. The Spurs are definitely the better team and I feel confident that they'll win, but I'm not feeling confident about a double digit win after that first big showing. The Jazz are going to make some big adjustments and come out prepared to fight in Game 2 in hopes of getting this series back to 1-1. They'll fall just short of that but they'll make a few sports bettors out there happy. I'm picking the Utah Jazz to cover the +11.5 on Wednesday.
Pick: Utah Jazz +11.5