Clippers vs. Jazz - 12/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (10-20) at Los Angeles Clippers (20-11)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSW2
The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers play Monday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Utah Jazz have won four of their last five games and find themselves on the road yet again. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.9 points and four assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Trey Burke is producing 5.1 assists. The Utah Jazz are playing lights out defense during this stretch, allowing 42 percent shooting from the field and 89.4 points in their last five games. The Jazz have won five of their last six games when allowing less than 100 points, and they’ve won three of their last four road games SU. Alec Burks is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury.
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The Los Angeles Clippers continue to struggle with consistency, as they’ve lost four of their last six games. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 101.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 22.9 points and 7.9 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18 points and 9.5 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers poor defense continues to kill them, as they’ve allowing teams to shoot 50.3 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from deep in their last five games. Defense has been the reason for the Clippers struggles, as they’ve also lost six of their last eight games SU when allowing 100 or more points. The Clippers have a ways to go before being true West contenders.
The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Clippers are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 vs. Western Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 20-9-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Have you seen the way the Clippers have been playing this season, especially on defense? Not sure how anyone can be confident enough to lay double-digit points. The Jazz have been competing and are covering the number at a high percentage. Give me the points.