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Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs Game Preview

Game #23: Jazz (10-12) @ Spurs (20-5)
Location: AT&T Center • San Antonio, TX
Time: 6:30 p.m. (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs are great. They have 20 wins already, which is almost as much as the Utah Jazz had their last go around with Tyrone Corbin as the head coach. The Spurs have won 8 of their last 10, and 12-0 at home. The Utah Jazz are not so amazing, but still will fight hard and not give up the ghost so easy. Utah is on the second night of a back to back, and have lost three of their last five. The Jazz have lost three in a row just once this season, and another loss tonight would tie that streak. We may very well lose tonight, but it should be a good game. After all, it's not like the Spurs are filled with star players or anything . . .

Historically, the Spurs are up on the Jazz 97-76 in the regular season and are a dominant 67-20 in Texas. The main thing is that this is a measuring stick game of sorts. The Jazz brought in a lot of new people to run the franchise, and many of them have Spurs ties or are Spurs wannabes. (The Irony here is that the Spurs modeled their team after the Layden / Sloan Jazz, but ended up winning titles.)

I don't really have much else to say here. The Spurs are #1 in Def RTG and #5 in Off RTG. They play a slower pace, 25th in the NBA, but aren't nearly as slow as the Jazz, 30th. They rarely get called for fouls and send other teams to the line. The Jazz get called for all of the fouls. We can see where this game may very well be decided.

Utah will be once again playing without two starters, Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum. No one on the Spurs is hurt because why would they be?

Few teams are as beloved as the Spurs. I am not a fan though. They were super lucky to tank and get Tim Duncan. They flop like crazy and whine to the refs. They make big shots. They win games. But back when their best player was David Robinson all they did was get bounced from the playoffs by Karl Malone and the Jazz. If they didn't get super lucky in that one draft no one would call them fantastic. You're not winning titles out there with Stephen Jackson and Terry Cummings.