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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Clippers (42-36) at Utah Jazz (0-0)
Date & Time Thursday April 5, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -7 -- Over/Under: 208.5
TV Channel
FSW2, ROOT
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The Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz meet Thursday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers need a win to stay in the playoff race after winning five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 109.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 22.7 points and 5.3 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last six road games.

The Utah Jazz look to improve their playoff seeding after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 103.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.4 points and 3.6 assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 12.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Clippers are 7-17-1 ATS in the last 25 meetings in Utah, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

The Utah Jazz continue to be one of the more consistent teams in the league, as they're outscoring teams by over 11 points in their last five games and 6.5 points at home overall this season. The Jazz are tough to bet against these days and seem to be building confidence heading into the playoffs. However, the Los Angeles Clippers are fighting for their playoff lives and can't afford to lose this game. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS this season when an underdog of at least seven points. Give me the points.

Pick:
Los Angeles Clippers +7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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