Free NBA Pick: Clippers vs. Jazz NBA Odds
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2021 NBA Handicapping
(4-1) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (2-1)
Date: Friday, January 1st
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -144 | Jazz +130
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -2.5 | Jazz+2.5
NBA Betting Total: 225.5
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The NBA ushers in New Year Day with a full slate of games including two of the higher-seeded Western Conference teams with the Utah Jazz hosting the Los Angeles Clippers.
In the all-time meetings between the clubs, the Jazz has the advantage of winning 108 of 187. Last season, played three times with the Jazz winning 110-96 on October 30th and 120-107 on December 28th. The Clippers won the third match 94-105 on November 3rd.
Los Angeles Clippers
The match many NBA fans marked on their calendars early in the season featured the Clippers and Blazers. After the drama that occurred in the bubble, it was sure to be entertaining.
The Clippers drew first blood winning 128-105 with Kawhi Leonard returning to the lineup, leading the charge with 28 points, three rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and a block.
Paul George was in the middle of the bubble drama and used it for inspiration as he delivered a double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.
Lou Williams scored 15 while the trio of Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, and Reggie Jackson each chipped in with 11 points.
Marcus Morris Sr. had practiced with the team but hasn’t appeared in any games yet and continues to be listed as out indefinitely. Jay Scrubb is out indefinitely recovering from foot surgery.
It took everything the Jazz had to garner their second win over the Oklahoma City Thunder who present a scrappy defensive unit.
Donovan Mitchell hit a shot with seven seconds remaining on the clock to put Utah up 110-109 and then held his breath as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came close to winning the game in the dying seconds but Rudy Gobert’s length helped make the shot just difficult enough to miss the mark.
The win for Mitchell and Gobert was their first ever at Chesapeake Energy Arena a venue the Jazz had lost in on 17 consecutive occasions!
Five Jazz players reached double-figures with Bojan Bogdanovic leading the way with 23. Gobert (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Mike Conley (20 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) each delivered double-doubles. Mitchell (20) and Jordan Clarkson (16) were the other double-digit contributors.
Shaquille Harrison (hand) is questionable for Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games.
- Over is 9-0 in the Jazz last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
- The Clippers are 8-19-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings in Utah
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
The spread feels too low even with the oddity of how the early season has gone (cough 50 point differential in a half). I’m not as high on the Jazz as most. A 2.5 spread is giving the Jazz a ton of respect for a team who beat the Thunder by ONE point so take that as you will. Suffice to say, I expected something closer to six to ten points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -2.5
Gobert caused the Clippers some problems last year but this season they have Ibaka who typically caused Gobert fits because he forces him to defend out to the arc.
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