Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Game Information
Clippers (4-1) vs. Jazz (2-2)
Date: Friday, January 1
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena
TV Coverage: KENS
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Clippers (-162) Jazz (+136)
Spread: Clippers -3.5 (-110) Jazz +3.5 (-110)
Total: 224 (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Clippers (+700) Jazz (+2500)
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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz News and Notes
It looks like the Clippers’ embarrassing 51-point loss to the Mavericks on Sunday was just a blip on the radar, an anomaly, a freak of nature. LA suffered the worst loss in franchise history, and their 50-point deficit at the half was the largest midway lead in NBA history. Following the loss, the Clip went out and put back-to-back 20 plus point victories over Minnesota and Portland. LA’s average margin of victory this season is 17 points, including an opening-night win over the defending NBA champion Lakers. So what was so different that caused such a dominant team to lose by over 50? The absence of one man certainly has a lot to do with it.
Kawhi Leonard was held out to rest for the Clippers’ ugly loss to Dallas. I can’t really think that will become a habit for LA after the result. Kawhi did miss Tuesday’s win over a decimated Timberwolves team but came right back the next night to drop 28 on the Blazers and lead the Clippers to a 23-point victory.
Even with the blowout against Dallas, the Clippers have been able to maintain a top-ten defense. They are allowing 109 points per game and are ranked 10th, allowing opposing teams to shoot just 45.2. percent against them.
LA has really been getting it done with the 3-ball. The Clippers are hitting over 14 triples per game, which ranks them sixth in the league, while their 39 percent shooting rate from behind the arc is seventh-best in the NBA. Where LA really needs to improve is on the glass. The Clip is ranked 27th in team rebounding and has just one player pulling down more than 6.5 boards per game.
Utah has been getting it done with a nice balance on both ends of the floor. The Jazz allows the eighth-lowest opposing field goal percentage and is seventh in the league in points allowed, giving up 108 a night. A big boost to the defense has been the play of Rudy Gobert. Gobert leads the league’s top rebounding team by pulling down almost 15 boards per night, 11 on the defensive end. The 28-year-old is just behind Andre Drummond as the NBA’s leading rebounder. He is also a force in the paint, putting up top-ten numbers in blocked shots. Utah’s big man is no slouch on the offensive end either.
Gobert leads the league with his ridiculous 75.7 field goal percentage while putting up an ultra-efficient 17 points per game. The grande Frenchman is getting his on just nine shot attempts per game. Insane! Unfortunately, it hasn’t really rubbed off on teammates.
Utah is the tenth-worst team in total field goal percentage, shooting just 44% from the field as a squad. The problem has been the club’s best scorer. Donovan Mitchell is dead last on the team shooting only 34 percent from the field and 29 from behind the arc.
Mitchell is still averaging 21 points per game, but it takes him over 21 shots to get it. What a difference from Gobert! Mitchell shot nearly 53 percent in last year’s playoffs after a regular-season of 45 percent. The former 13th overall draft pick is a career 43 percent shooter, so things should balance out eventually righting the ship in Utah.
Going into Thursday’s loss to Phoenix, Utah was the ninth-highest scoring team in the NBA despite their offensive star’s struggles. The supporting cast deserves a lot of praise. Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, and Bojan Bogdanovic are all scoring 13 points a game or better.
The Jazz has still not won a game at home yet this season. They’ll be in tough against the excellent Clippers as Utah will try and fight through the second leg of a back-to-back.
LA has covered in four of five games this season, all of their wins while going over in three of them. Utah has now failed to cover in their past three, all games they were favored in and actually outright losing two of them.
Utah has covered in four of their past five and seven of nine previous meetings with the Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Predictions and Picks
- Clippers cover -3.5 (-110)
- Clippers Moneyline (-162)
- Under 224 total points scored (-110)
- Donovan Mitchell under 25.5 points scored (-108)