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San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz: Game Preview

By Michael Rehome
Dec 14, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (L) shoots the ball over Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward (R) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 14, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (L) shoots the ball over Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward (R) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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San Antonio Spurs return home as they welcome the Jazz back into the AT&T Center where the Spurs are 20-0. For the Jazz, a tough task at hand as they have not won in San Antonio in nearly six years.

The Spurs (30-6) have been blowing out opponents, winning their last three games by at least 18 points. The Jazz (15-18) last three road losses have come by a margin of 23 points, this includes a 30 point thrashing by the hands of the Spurs on December 14th.

San Antonio has won 29 straight regular-season home games, second behind Golden State’s streak of 35. The Spurs are among only seven teams in league history to have home winning streaks last that long.

Behind the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs have the second best record in the league and have been on a tear, under the radar, winning 12 of their last 13 games. The play of MVP candidate and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard has not gone unnoticed.

He’s leading the league in 3-point shooting at 50.0 percent, including 11 of 14 in the last five games as he’s shot 62.5 percent overall.

Dec 14, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Jonathon Simmons (17) shoot the ball against the Utah Jazz during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs are coming off of a 123-98 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday where they saw seven players reach double-figures. Leonard had a game-high 24 points. Jonathon Simmons gave the energy off the bench pouring in a career-high 18 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge in his last three has averaged 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

It doesn’t get any easier for a Jazz team that has dropped their last five road games after their win against the Los Angeles Clippers back on November 25th behind Gordon Haywards season-high 33 points.

In his last three road games, his scoring has dropped tremendously as he has averaged just under nine points and shooting 24 percent from the floor.

Monday, the Jazz could not hold onto a 15 point lead against Houston as they lost 93-91. Rodney Hood has also been a spark in the last three games despite the losses. He is averaging 24.3 points, marking the best three-game stretch for the second-year guard in his career.

Next: Spurs vs Bucks: Post Game Grades

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