NBA Betting Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz – Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 10:30 PM EST
Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
Point Spread: Golden State -8½
Betting Total: 229 points
The (32-24) Utah Jazz travel to ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California to take on the (40-15) Golden State Warriors in a Western Conference battle. Utah comes into this one in 4th place in the Northwest Division. They are 5½ games behind first placed Denver. The Jazz are holding the 6th spot in the conference but only 1½ from falling out of a playoff spot. It is never too early to start thinking about that. Golden State, rulers of the Pacific division, have a comfortable 10 game lead over the LA Clippers. They are also tops in the Western Conference with a 3 game lead over Denver. This will be the third time these two have met this season. The first two were both played in Utah and the teams split two close games.
This game is being played at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 10:30 PM EST
BetOnline has set the point spread for this game at Golden State -8½ and the over/under has been set at 229 points.
The Jazz are playing some decent ball lately. They are on a two-game winning streak and have won 7 of their last 10 games. In their most recent game on Saturday Utah blew out San Antonio 125-105 in Utah easily covering the 8½ point spread.
Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 22.4 ppg. Rudy Gobert is the leader in rebounds with 12.8 boards a game. Ricky Rubio is the team leader in assists with 6.1 a game.
Utah is scoring 109.2 ppg while giving up 105.8 ppg. Utah’s 109.2 points a game has them ranked 20th in the league. Not the greatest offensive team, but they make up for it on defense. Their 105.8 points allowed has them ranked at number 4 in the league.
Utah is a very respectable 14-14 on the road. This is a team you do not want to overlook.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are certainly playing well again winning 4 in a row and 9 of their last 10. Golden St in their most recent game way back on Friday went into Phoenix and came away with a 117-107 win, but they failed to cover the spread as a 16½ point favorite.
Golden State is scoring 119.1 ppg while giving up 111.5 ppg. The Warriors 119.1 points a game is leading the entire league. It appears, and I don’t know if you want to call it a weakness or not, but defensively in points allowed they are only ranked 16th.
This is truly an all-star team. The problem being that great is getting up every night to play when you are supposed to win, let alone cover all the double digits favorites we are used to seeing them be.
- UNDER is 13-5 in Utah’s last 18 Tuesday games
- UNDER is 20-7 in Gold St’s last 27 Tuesday games
- Golden St is 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 home games
- Golden St is 9-25-1 ATS in their last 35 Tuesday games
Utah continues to be a thorn in Golden State’s side
Decent matchup pits Golden State offense vs Utah defense. Then again the Warriors with a sort of weak defense may allow a poor offensive Jazz team to score points. Or will the Warriors think we have a chance to shut down this team who struggles to score at times? Which one will it be?
I really do not think the Warriors worry as much about defense with the offense they have. According to the trends, Utah and UNDER are the plays. Both teams are playing well at the moment. No question who the better team is, that does not mean they will cover. One factor for me is Utah has won 4 of the last 5 between these two. They have covered the last five vs Golden State.
I am a believer that sometimes certain teams just matchup better and cause certain teams headaches, even though they are not as good. I really like this game tonight. It is rare that I give a side and total, mainly because I have a history of not doing so well at totals. With Utah’s ability to play well vs Golden State would mean they must keep them from scoring like they are used to, so under plays right into the hands of this game.
Take Utah+ 8½ AND UNDER 229. I feel pretty good about a split at worst with a great chance of a sweep. I am not calling for an outright win, but it could happen.