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Clippers vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 18th
- Betting Odds UTA -6.5, LAC +221 | UTA -277 O/U OFF
The Clippers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-23. So far, the team has gone 22-23-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Los Angeles has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Clippers are coming off a disappointing 120-110 loss to the 76ers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 11 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kawhi Leonard, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-24. So far, the team has gone 25-20-2 against the spread. Looking back on Jazz’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 118 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 2-1.
Utah is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Timberwolves at home. With the 126-125 victory, they also covered the spread as 4 point underdogs. Utah pulled out the win despite trailing by 6 going into halftime. The team did not put a dent in this deficit in the 3rd quarter, but put together a strong comeback effort in the 4th. In the win, Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring with 21 points on a field goal percentage of 37.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Clippers averaged 105.33 points per game vs the Jazz. On the other side, Utah saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Clippers, as they averaged 120.0 points per game in these matchups. In terms of betting, Utah has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Los Angeles. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +8 points per game in favor of the Jazz. The over-under record in these same games is 3-1-1, with the teams combining for an average of 226 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 46 games, the Clippers are averaging 109.4 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.3 made 3’s per game. If the Los Angeles offense is going to improve, they would benefit from attacking the basket and generating looks at the line. So far, they are ranked just 21st in made free-throws per game.
So far, the Clippers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 11th in the league at 108.39 points per contest.
This season, the Clippers offense has primarily worked through Paul George and Norman Powell who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 31 games, George is 27th in the NBA at 23.4 points per game. So far, him and Powell have accounted for 34% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 39.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Norman Powell is grabbing 2.9 rebounds for Los Angeles to go along with 1.7 assists.
The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 117.6 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.3 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Lauri Markkanen, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Markkanen leads the team in scoring at 24.6 points per game while Clarkson is 2nd at 21.1. For the season, Markkanen is 79th in the NBA in usage rate and 25th in player efficiency. Behind him, Clarkson has taken 18.8% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.1%.
Clippers vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jazz -6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF