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How To Bet On Jazz Spurs - Flourishing Spurs Present A Formidable Foe For The Jazz

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/1/2012 11:27:07 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference. The Utah Jazz have a very difficult assignment on their hands in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

West First Round, Game 2: Utah Jazz @ San Antonio Spurs - Wednesday, May 2 
Sports betting line: No line

Why Utah Will Win

The online betting analysts who are studying this contest will calmly point out that in the history of NBA playoff series, it's not an uncommon occurrence for a young team to get blown out in Game 1, only to respond in Game 2 and steal a win on the road. This is how the Utah Jazz are certainly trying to approach this contest, and if they can focus more consistently, they might have a chance to do something against the San Antonio Spurs. Utah worked hard for much of Game 1.

The Jazz have "hustle players" such as Paul Millsap who contested rebounds and shots for much of the game, but after gaining rebounds, Utah players didn't make smart decisions. Hoisted three-point jumpers without ball movement caused several Jazz possessions to come crashing to an end, and Utah also gave San Antonio free fast-break points thanks to a number of astoundingly bad passes. The Jazz looked like the young team they in fact are, and that's to be expected in a playoff initiation session against a Spurs team that has won four championships since 1999 and knows how to carry itself in the postseason.

Now that Utah has been baptized into this series and the playoffs as a whole, coach Ty Corbin can point to several ways in which his team can make up ground against the Spurs. Utah just needs to trim a lot of fat and put an end to all the silly mistakes that turned Game 1 into a rout. If the Jazz can avoid not just turnovers, but the kinds of turnovers that enable San Antonio to run in the open court and get easy buckets, Sunday's 15-point spread can be reduced to five or six points. Then, if Utah can lock down on the Spurs' three-point shooters and not get lost on the perimeter, the Jazz can create an even-steven game that will be up for grabs in the last minute. Just one clutch bucket by Millsap or Al Jefferson could make the difference for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Why San Antonio Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you'll note that San Antonio wins with more balance than it used to under Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. The Spurs have a very deep bench and give a lot of players extended minutes. They can play so many different lineups and offer opponents so many unique combinations of players. Gregg Popovich knows how to manipulate these combinations and leave opposing coaches grasping for answers. This pattern should emerge in Game 2.

Who Will Win

It’s San Antonio's series to lose. Utah has to produce something spectacular just to stay close. San Antonio will have to shoot poorly – very poorly – for the Jazz to steal Game 2. It won't happen.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: San Antonio

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