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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-12) LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (19-7)
Date: Wednesday, December 15th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers +325 | Jazz -450 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -8
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
Wednesday, December 15th finds the LA Clippers visiting the Utah Jazz for the first time this season. The clubs will play another two times this season with Utah hosting on March 18 and LA on March 29th.
LA last played Monday defeating the Suns 111-95 while the Jazz has been off since Saturday when they defeated the Wizards 123-98.
Last season the clubs played three times with the Jazz winning two of the three contests. The Jazz holds the all-time record with 109 wins in 190 matches versus the Clippers.
Despite missing Paul George for the third game in a row, the Clippers extended their win streak to four games with an impressive win versus the Suns.
No doubt at the motivational aspect was an easy pitch by head coach Ty Lue who just had to remind his team they missed getting to the NBA Finals because of the Suns.
Each game of the recent win streak has witnessed a different player step up to be the difference-maker and on Monday that was Marcus Morris who registered a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds (both season highs).
In the prior match, it was Reggie Jackson who followed that performance up with 19 points, three rebounds, and two assists in this match.
Terence Mann (17 points, nine rebounds, three assists) and Luke Kennard (16 points, nine rebounds, four assists) have taken steps this season and are meshing well as starters.
Conversely, Ty Lue didn’t play Serge Ibaka for the third consecutive game which begs the question if he’s hurt of the Clippers are going to shop him at the trade deadline.
Isaiah Hartenstein (12) and Eric Bledsoe (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
George (elbow contusion) and Nicolas Batum (ankle) are questionable. Ibaka is out (personal) while Jason Preston (foot) was downgraded to out and Kawhi Leonard (ACL) is working back from his knee injury out indefinitely.
Although the Warriors and Suns sit atop the standings with the best record in the NBA no team is hotter than the Jazz who are routinely destroying their opponents.
Head coach Quin Snyder appears to be in agreement with that fact as he said his team returns from the four-game road trip better than when they left due to the competition they faced.
Utah extended the win streak to seven games winning all four matches on the road trip that featured stops in Cleveland, Minnesota, Philly, and Washington.
During the win streak, Utah is averaging 125.5 points and holding opponents to 106.8 points per game. In the win versus the Wizards, Donovan Mitchell led the scoring with 28 points.
Both big men produced double-doubles as Rudy Gobert registered 20 points and 11 rebounds while Hassan Whiteside offered 18 points and 14 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic (16), Mike Conley (11), and Jordan Clarkson (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Jared Butler (knee) is out Wednesday while Udoka Azubuike (ankle) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 head to head
- The Clippers are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 5-4-1 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Utah has found the perfect balance of paint vs. perimeter scoring and could be headed to the top of the leaderboard given nine of their next 15 games are against sub .500 teams and three of the other six are only one game above .500.
The Clippers are surviving without Paul George but need him back as the offense is in on life support. The victory versus the Suns was impressive but unlike Phoenix the Jazz have all their core healthy.
I like the Jazz to take this game and wonder if Paul George returns how rusty he’ll be so I’m taking Utah with the caution a PG return could keep the game closer than eight.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -8
NBA Free Prediction: Jazz 115 – Clippers 106 (Bet Now!)
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