Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz - 11/3/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (1-2) at Los Angeles Clippers (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSW2
The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers square off Monday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Utah Jazz are coming off their first win of the season Saturday over the Phoenix Suns and hope to get their first road win of the year here. If the Jazz hope to keep things going, their defense has to improve greatly. Through three games, the Utah Jazz are allowing 105 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz have lost 19 of their last 20 games when allowing 100 or more points. Offensively, Derrick Favors leads the way with 21.7 points per game and nine rebounds, while Gordon Hayward is scoring 16 points and handing out 5.3 assists. Scoring really hasn’t been an issue for the Jazz who are shooting 46 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from downtown. The Jazz just need to figure things out on the defensive end if they’re ever going to start turning the corner.
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The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday and are clearly having issues out of the gate. The Clippers could easily be 0-3 on the season if it weren’t for big late-game shots in their first two contests. The Clippers are one of the biggest teams in the league with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin but are somehow averaging just 34.5 rebounds per game, which is last in the NBA. The Clippers have also taken plays off defensively, allowing teams to shoot 47.6 percent from the field and average more than 100 points. The good news for the Clippers is that scoring still isn’t an issue, as Chris Paul has 28 points and 21 assists in his last two games and even Spencer Hawes is coming off a 17-point performance. Still, the Los Angeles Clippers need to get their act together quickly before sloppy play becomes a trend.
The Jazz are 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, while the home team is 23-8-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings.
Last night's loss was good for the Los Angeles Clippers, as it should get this team focused and out of their slump. I expect the best performance from the Clippers tonight and a double-digit victory.