The San Antonio Spurs (48-9) take on the Utah Jazz (28-28) at Vivint Smart Home Arena in their second back-to-back on their current eight game road trip.
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San Antonio riding a three-game winning streak heads into Utah against a Jazz team that has won seven straight at home. Defensively, the Jazz have put the clamps down on their current win streak as they are allowing just 88.1 points.
Utah is also looking for their first eight game winning streak since 2010. A tough test at hand as they welcome in a San Antonio team whom already has won the first two meetings this season. In those wins, the Spurs have won by a combined 62 points and shot lights out from 3 (18 of 42 42.9 percent).
In their meeting on December 14th, Kawhi Leonard led with 22 points while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker had 18 a-piece in a 118-81 home win. In their previous meeting on January 6th, Tim Duncan was one of eight Spurs player in double-figures as he scored 18.
Spurs are coming off of a 108-92 win where they welcome back Leonard from a three game absence where he was dealing with tightness in his calf. In 29 minutes of play he finished with 18 points. Parker continued his strong play finishing with 23 on 11 of 17 shooting.
Over their last three, San Antonio is averaging 115 points while continuing to hurt opponents from beyond the arc (25 of 47, 51 percent). Parker whom is averaging just under 13 points a game this season has nearly doubled his output of this stretch.
Utah’s Gordon Hayward was the fourth player to score 27 points on just seven attempts. A tough task ahead of him as Leonard is expected to check him throughout the game. Hayward has averaged 13.9 points and shooting 34 percent over his last nine against San Antonio.
Utah has scored just 89.5 per game on 43.7 percent shooting in the series versus San Antonio. Spurs last season lost both of their visits to Utah.