The Utah Jazz played four games this week, and split(!) the contests, going 2-2. But you know that already... you wanna know how they did against the spread (assuming gambling were legal). In a new twist for this team, they actually followed suit with the game results, and went 2-2 (2/2 over/under). This brings the season record to 8-9-1 (7/11 over/under). Here's how it happened...
Oklahoma City 95, Jazz 73 (Jazz were +13.5, O/U 197). Nobody in Vegas was giving the Jazz any shot to compete in this game, and even sans Russell Westbrook, we were able to prove Vegas right. The Jazz had 43 points through three quarters, and even a 30 point third wouldn't put the total anywhere near the 197. If you rhymed your pick (Thunder and under), you got your point.
Winners: @brianspittler, @RxMike12, @seanp33, @bjcseven, @BrianBonks, @naten28, and @da_breezman
Jazz 89, Chicago 83 (OT) (Jazz were +3, O/U 183.5). Even after finding out the Bulls would be without their superstar Derrick Rose, the Jazz still were 'dogs at home to the aching Bulls. With both teams coming off a back-to-back, whoever could perform well in the big moments would likely take this one home. The Jazz would lead by 8 going into the 4th, but after blowing that lead, Richard Jefferson forced a Luol Deng miss, and Carlos Boozer missed a follow to send the game into overtime. The Jazz would take control in OT as Trey Burke would hit a big triple, and the Jazz would pull away in the extra period. Surprisingly, the two teams were still well under the total, making Jazz and under the play.
Winners: @RcaAmarante and BFBen
Phoenix 112, Jazz 101 (Jazz were +2, O/U 190.5). I personally thought this would be the game where the Jazz were finally favorites. However, the Suns came in playing very good basketball, and would leave doing the same. The Jazz defense was porous (at best) through three quarters giving up 95 points, and the game was virtually over at that point. The Jazz finally slowed the Suns down in the fourth, but it was much too little, too late. The game went well over the total, and the Suns/over crowd could smile after the final buzzer.
Winners: @seanp33, @chang_max, @two4bagger, and @dianaallen
Jazz 112, Phoenix 104 (Jazz were +8.5, O/U 195). The oddsmakers took the previous night's game to heart and bumped the Suns up as favorites accordingly. They also were less than impressed by the D of both teams and the over/under was higher as well. However, as @JazzyTameKate pointed out, the Suns were 0-3 on back-to-backs, so who knows? Could the Jazz do anything on the road? For once, we can answer: yes! The Jazz held the lead or were close the entire game before Trey Burke and his teammates finally pulled away down the stretch. After only scoring 100 points once to start the season, the Jazz repeated the feat on back to back nights. We'll see if this is a trend, or a blip. Regardless, Jazz and over takes a point.
Winners: @RxMike12, @JazzyTameKate, BFBen, @brytonbenson, and @OhioHadley
Great work, winners. It's certainly not easy to pick these games, but it sure is fun to do for free! :) Another four game week coming up for our boys. It includes games vs. the Rockets, vs. the Pacers, at the Blazers, and vs. the Kings (starting a strange @POR, vs. SAC, vs. POR, @SAC stretch). Should be interesting to see the lines on some of these games. Will we finally be favored vs. the Kings? Will we be a double-digit underdog at home on back to back games? Tune into #JazzOdds to find out!
Any questions on how this works, what this is, feel free to comment here or ask me on Twitter @RxMike12.
5: @bjcseven and BFBen
4: @RxMike12, @brytonbenson, @seanp33, @da_breezman, @Run_Pappy, and @JazzyTameKate
Still lots of time to make your picks and climb the leaderboard!