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2021 NBA Handicapping
(24-5) Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers (21-9)
Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
Friday, February 19th finds the LA Clippers hosting the Utah Jazz for the second time in three days. It’s the third time the teams have played this season with the Jazz winning the initial two contests.
The Jazz holds the all-time record between the clubs with 109 wins in 189 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with the Jazz taking two of three contests.
With Mike Conley missing his sixth game due to a hamstring injury the Jazz kept rolling winning their ninth game in a row and 20th in their last 19 matches. More impressive is their 12-4 record against teams with records .500 and above.
It wasn’t a perfect effort as the shorthanded Clippers applied pressure in the first half and held a five-point lead (51-46) entering half-time.
The second half was all Jazz however as they took over on both ends holding LA to 45 second-half points. Rudy Gobert was particularly effective registering a massive 23 point, 20 rebound double-double.
Donovan Mitchell led the scoring with 24 points adding seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.
Jordan Clarkson (18), Joe Ingles (14), and Royce O’Neale (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
Conley (hamstring) and Elijah Hughes (ankle) are listed as day-to-day while Udoka Azubuike (ankle) is out indefinitely.
The Clippers’ four-game win streak came to an end but not without a fight.
It was hoped Kawhi Leonard (leg) would be back but he missed his third consecutive game. Paul George (foot) missed his seventh game while Nic Batum (concussion protocol) missed his second consecutive game.
That trio typically accounts for 60.8 points, 12.8 assists, 17 rebounds, 4.4 steals, and 7.8 made 3-pointers per game.
That’s a ton of production to compensate for and because three reserves have to move into the starting rotation it also depletes the Clippers depth. Despite this fact, the Clippers bench outscored the Jazz bench 38 to 36.
Lou Williams posted a team-high 16 points plus six rebounds, and six assists. The extra defensive attention he drew did affect his efficiency (6 of 18).
Reggie Jackson (15), Amir Coffey (13), and Serge Ibaka (10) were the other double-figure scorers. Ivica Zubac scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
George won’t play on Friday while Leonard and Batum are listed as day-to-day as is Luke Kennard (knee).
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Jazz are 8-2 in the teams last 10 meetings.
- The Jazz are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 5-5 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
Free Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
To reiterate the same thing I cited in the first match having Leonard on the court will impact the Clippers’ ability to compete and if Batum also returns LA’s chances would increase exponentially.
Diving into the statistical comparisons from Wednesday there were positives for LA to build upon but a few key areas equated to why the Jazz prevailed. LA shot the ball better than Utah but got up 12 fewer field goals plus they struggled at the line (11 of 17) where the Jazz were +7 (17 of 20).
Turnovers were the other issue as LA turned the ball over 18 times leading to 21 Jazz points (+7). Those two differences equated to a 14 point advantage for Utah.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ATS
A bunch of “ifs” tie to this prediction — if LA cleans up the turnovers and efficiency at the line and ‘if’ Leonard plays I feel the Clippers can take this game.
And finally, ‘if’ confirmation comes that Leonard won’t play prior to gametime, switch to the Jazz to cover.
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