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Looking for Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers free NBA playoff picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Jazz taking on the Clippers on Saturday April 15, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California for game 1. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA playoff basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(0-0) Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (0-0)
Western Conference Round 1: Game 1
Date: Saturday April 15
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
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This first round game of the seven game series sees the Jazz traveling to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.
The Clippers won three of the four games in the season series by an average margin of victory of 9 points.
Utah comes into this series looking to steal game one. The biggest factor for the Jazz’s success in the playoffs will be the play of star small forward Gordon Hayward.
Hayward has gotten progressively better each season in Salt Lake and put up All-Star caliber numbers this year.
He struggled mightily against the Clippers all season long, averaging just 16 points and 5 rebounds per game. What should we expect from Hayward in Game 1?
Look for him to continue his poor play in the first game against Los Angeles, as the Clippers defense will play tougher, as all teams seem to do in the playoffs.
Rudy Gobert against DeAndre Jordan? That will be a great matchup of two of the Western Conference’s best centers. Jordan is arguably the best defensive big man in the league and will have an answer for Gobert in the post.
Don’t expect Gobert to get a double-double in this first game of the series.
Los Angeles Clippers
Are the Clippers looking ahead to a potential second round matchup with Golden State? Of course not. Doc Rivers isn’t going to have his team overlook anyone in the playoffs.
This is the first year in a long time that the Clippers are healthy at all of their main positions. How will they respond?
Chris Paul should come out and put up excellent numbers against George Hill, and an 18 points, 9 rebound performance shouldn’t be out of the question for game one.
Blake Griffin against Derrick Favors will be another good matchup of big men in the paint, with the ultra athletic Griffin taking advantage of Favors defense in the high post. Griffin will have a great night, finishing with 30 points and 11 boards.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Jazz are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
- Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Free Game 1 Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
This should be a big win in game 1 for the Clippers, and I expect their defense to keep the Jazz under 90 points for the third time this season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ATS
NBA Free Game 1 Score Prediction: Los Angeles 102 – Utah 88
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