NBA Playoffs Odds: Top Seeded San Antonio Spurs Host Utah Jazz
Sunday, April 29, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Last year, being the top seed in the Western Conference wasn’t a good thing for the San Antonio Spurs as they were upset in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies. Will things be different this year? San Antonio Spurs is a substantial favorite to get past the No. 8 Utah Jazz in their Western Conference quarterfinal. The Spurs are 10.5-point favorites on Bovada Sportsbook’s NBA odds to win Sunday’s Game 1 in San Antonio.
San Antonio’s Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker should be plenty rested as coach Gregg Popovich rested them in the team’s final two regular-season games at Phoenix and Golden State. In fact, they didn’t even travel with the team. The Spurs finished tied with Miami for the NBA’s best home record at 28-4.
Utah, meanwhile, only clinched the final playoff berth in the West on Tuesday night thanks to a 100-88 home victory over Phoenix. The Jazz have the worst home record of any playoff team at 11-22. Utah’s big frontcourt that includes 7-0 Derrick Favors, 6-10 Al Jefferson and 6-9 Paul Millsap could pose matchup problems for the Spurs. Utah ranked third in the NBA in rebounding this season. San Antonio was 10th.
But perimeter shooting should benefit San Antonio. Utah shoots just 32.3 percent from 3-point range, third-worst in the league. The Spurs are the NBA’s top 3-point team at 39.5 percent.
The Spurs won three out of four against the Jazz this season. Utah’s only win in the series was 91-84 on April 9 in Salt Lake City, when Duncan, Ginobili and Parker did not make the trip. Popovich chose to rest his Big 3 that night after beating the Jazz 114-104 the night before in San Antonio. Expect a high-scoring series as San Antonio was second in the NBA in scoring this year, with Utah fourth.
On the 2012 NBA Championship Odds at Bovada Sportsbook heading into the week the Heat continued to lead the way at 21/10 to earn the title this season, with the Bulls sitting second on that list at 13/4 odds.
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