Pro Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz

Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Wednesday, 12/26/12, 9:00 PM EST, TV:  RTRM+
Opening Point Spread:  Utah -4
Current Betting Line:  Utah -4
Opening Total:  203
Current Total:  203
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

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The Golden State Warriors have been playing solid basketball away from the Bay Area this year

Golden State has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a disappointing 118-115 overtime setback to the Los Angeles Lakers as 1.5-point home underdogs, while going OVER the total for a fifth consecutive contest.  “This will not put a damper on our Christmas spirits,” stated Warriors coach Mark Jackson.  The Warriors haven’t lost back-to-back games since Nov. 9 and 10, while they’ve gone 8-6 ATS as an underdog this year, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Warriors have compiled a solid 10-6 record on the road this season, but have a losing 4-5 mark in that situation when facing Western Conference opponents.  Golden State has been swept by Utah in three of the last four seasons, including losses in all four meetings a year ago.  With a victory in this affair, the franchise has a chance of matching its 11 road victories from the 2011-12 campaign.

Utah returns home after earning a split in its four-game road trip, which included a 97-93 victory over the Orlando Magic as one-point underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the posted total of 187.5.  The Jazz will be playing without the services of starting point guard Mo Williams, who suffered a thumb injury a couple games ago.  “We want him to get well and come back soon,” stated Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley.  The team is 4-1 without Williams in the lineup this year, with Tinsley averaging 7.2 assists in that span.  Utah is 2-0 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points this season, something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Jazz are 9-2 overall when playing at EnergySolutions Arena, including a 7-2 mark when facing conference foes.  Utah has won seven of the last 11 matchups in this series, but the road team has covered four of the last five against the spread.  It’s all about pounding the glass on the offensive end with this squad, as it ranked tied for first in the league with the Denver Nuggets in that category heading into Christmas Day.

Sports bettors will likely back the Jazz due to their 7-4 ATS mark at home, while the Warriors are 4-6 ATS when playing with three or more days rest.

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