The Los Angeles Clippers (10-10) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (7-14) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Delta Center and televised on ESPN. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Jazz are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Clippers vs Jazz
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers notched a win against the Nuggets in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 111-102. The Clippers not only won the game but also covered the spread as -1-point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 213 points was below the over/under line of 228.5.
As we head into today’s game, the Clippers are looking to extend their two game winning streak. Overall, the Clippers are 10-10 and they are 9-8 against Western Conference teams compared to 1-2 in non-conference games.
Los Angeles’ ATS record sits below .500 (8-12). Los Angeles has gone 7-8 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 1-4 when playing as underdogs.
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Mavericks, Ochai Agbaji was the top scorer for Utah, recording 21 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 40.2%. Talen Horton-Tucker added 11 points, but unfortunately, Utah was defeated in the game with a score of 147-97.
In Western Conference matchups this season, the Jazz are 7-11 compared to going 0-3 in non-conference games. Overall, the Jazz are 7-14 and are 1-2 in their last three games.
Utah has an overall ATS record of 11-10 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Jazz have an ATS record of 3-8, as opposed to a 8-2 record against the spread when playing at home.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Los Angeles has recorded an average of 112.8 points per game (19th) throughout 20 games games. So far, the Clippers are averaging 98 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 18th in made shots per game.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
In 21 games games, Utah has an average of 111.3 points per game (22nd). So far, the Jazz are averaging 99.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Jazz offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 22nd ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Clippers Team Defense
At present, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 5th, allowing 109.3 points per game.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Clippers are forcing 12.7 per game, which is 11th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 18th in blocked shots at 4.8 per game.
Jazz Team Defense
So far, the Jazz’s defense is ranked 25th in the league at 119.8 points per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Jazz squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.0% from downtown.
Key Players For The Clippers And Jazz
In today’s game, our projections have Paul George leading the Clippers with 18 points on 7/15 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 23.6 points per game, along with 6 rebounds.
On the other side, Jordan Clarkson is our projected leading scorer for the Jazz. We have him ending the game with a team-high 11 and grabbing 2 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 41.4%, and his scoring average is 17.8 points per game.
Clippers vs Jazz Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 117 points per game.
- Through their last three home games, Utah has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 92 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Jazz have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 1-2.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Clippers have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 4-1.
The Clippers is our selection to secure the victory, with a projected score of 109-98. We also like them to cover the spread, so we suggest betting on the Clippers at -6.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 225.5 and given that our model is projecting 207 points between the teams, we like the under.
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