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(44-28) Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (43-30)
Date: Saturday March 25
Time: 3:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles California
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: – 4.5 Jazz
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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This is the fourth and final meeting between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers this season and Utah has the opportunity to split the season series with a win.
If the playoffs were to start today, these teams would be matched up against each other as the four and five seeds in the Western Conference, with Utah having home court advantage.
The Jazz have a lot of incentive to win this game against the Clippers, they currently would have home court advantage over the Clippers in the playoffs, but are only up 1.5 games. It would also provide some momentum with just three weeks remaining in the season.
The Jazz are the best defensive team in the league this year, but have only modest numbers from the offensive end. Yet their offensive production has more to do with their pace than the lack of scoring.
Utah posts average to above average rates in efficiency, both from total field goal percentage and three point field goal percentage. This bears out in their offensive rating, a number that far exceeds their points per game rates.
And when combing elite level defense and and offensive rating near the middle of the league, the Jazz find themselves in the top five of the league in net rating.
All things considered, the Jazz are one of the best teams in the league, hiding behind a modest win/loss record combined with a lack of scoring punch.
The Jazz however are without a couple of key contributors; Derrick Favors will miss the game and the foreseeable future with a bone contusion in his knee.
They are also without important bench depth as Shelvin Mack will be missing his second straight game with a sprained ankle.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are as consistent a roster as one could hope for, having the same core players on the team for multiple years.
The only players that have changed are those surrounding the core four of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick.
Yet expectations haven’t been met for this roster and it may be that this team will be blown up in the offseason if they don’t perform well in the playoffs.
There are no signs that they’ll make a deep run in the playoffs, having never made the Conference Finals with this core and now sinking to the bottom half of the Western Conference as well.
Utah will be a tough playoff matchup if they do meet and home court advantage could go a long way to deciding that playoff series. That’s why they have a big stake in Saturday’s game, an early start time that they get to defend on their home court with a day of rest after their last game.
The Clippers still score at a high rate and play high level defense with Jordan roaming the middle and grabbing rebounds at an exceptional rate.
However, he may be mostly neutralized by fellow Defensive MVP candidate Rudy Gobert.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Los Angeles is 35-29 against the O/U when over 200 points
- Offensive points combined for both teams exceeds this game’s O/U
- Los Angeles is scoring six points more than their season average over the past five games
Free Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
There is a lot at stake in this game playoff seeding on the line, expect the game to be close throughout with the Clippers using their experience to eek out a win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 204.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 102 – Los Angeles 106
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