Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (10-5) at Utah Jazz (5-11)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +4.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers go for a fourth straight win tonight when they visit the Utah Jazz.
The Los Angeles Clippers started the season winning five of their first nine games but have since gone 5-1 on their current seven-game road trip that finishes tonight at Utah. Last night, the Clippers received a bit of a gift when they learned that the Rockets' Dwight Howard would sit out a fifth straight game and they didn't show any mercy as they recovered from a slow start to the game to rout the Rockets by 102-85. Blake Griffin looked on song, leading the way with a game-high 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting, while Jamal Crawford danced his way to 21 points off the bench. Chris Paul had a quiet night of just 10 points and seven assists but hardly needed to shoot as the Clippers led by 12 at halftime before cruising in the second half. With the win, LA improves to 10-5 overall and 6-2 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz had a couple nice wins earlier in the season, but have since lost eight of their last 10 and their last four straight. On Wednesday, the Jazz had a nice opportunity to snag a win against the severely shorthanded Thunder, but instead got completely routed by 97-82. All five Jazz starters finished in double digits in scoring with Gordon Hayward leading the way with 24 points, but the Thunder were clearly the hungrier and more desperate team in this one and it showed on the defensive end as the Jazz finished with their lowest point total for the season. With the loss, Utah drops to 5-11 overall and 2-7 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points but just 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Clippers are 8-20-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings and just 4-17-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Utah.
All the ATS trends are pointing towards the Clippers not covering the spread in this one, but I just don't think the bookies are giving enough points. I know the Clippers played just night and could be a little road-weary, but their starters shouldm't be too worn out after last night's walk in the park, so I'm sticking with LA in this one.