The Utah Jazz host the Los Angeles Clippers, who are on the second night of a back-to-back. Thus, the NBA lines favor Utah as Clippers stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard should rest. As for Utah, the Jazz have won three straight versus the Clippers at home and look to extend it even with Lauri Markannen (hip) hurting.
Clippers Begin Road Trip Off Back-to-Back
The Los Angeles Clippers took a tough loss against the Philadelphia Sixers on Tuesday night. Now, they head to Utah where they are 1-10 in their last 11 visits. On top of that, the Clippers are also just 3-6 with zero days’ rest. Not having George and potentially Leonard should also shave some points off the Clippers.
This team’s bread-and-butter, its defense, falls when on the road. The Clippers average a 114.5 defensive rating away from home, which is 16th in the league. At home, the team is at 111.1, which is sixth. George and Leonard are also two of the team’s best defenders so the team will miss their size and versatility on the frontcourt.
Expect the Clippers to rely more on their offense, as they’ve typically done on the road. That’s why 14 of the team’s 22 road games have gone over the total. Keep that in mind when betting online on the team.
Fading Jazz Remain Dangerous at Home
The Jazz opened the season on a roll but have since come back to earth. Utah is just 4-8 in its last 12 games but is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five. One thing remains consistent with Utah: its offense at home. The Jazz put up the fifth-best offensive rating (117.6) while at the Vivint Arena.
But more notable is Utah’s defense at home. The Jazz typically have one of the worst defenses on the road. But at home, the Jazz gets a slight boost likely thanks to some help from the rowdy Salt Lake City fans. This slight improvement to their defense could be the difference between covering and not.
Utah is just 4-9 ATS when they host as a favorite. That’s the third-worst cover rate among teams that have been favored at home at least five 10 times in the sportsbook. Also, keeping an eye on Markannen’s status as Utah’s All-Star will impact this game.
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Offense could be the star in this show as the total has gone over in six of these teams’ last eight meetings. The total has also gone over in six of Utah’s last seven games and in 12 of the Clippers’ last 14 road games.
Clippers vs Jazz Game Information
- Game: Clippers (23-23) vs Jazz (23-24)
- Location: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9:07 p.m. ET
- Clippers vs Jazz Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Clippers vs Jazz Picks & Prediction
Without George and potentially Leonard, the Jazz should be able to win this matchup. The Clippers’ offense loses around 12.3 points in efficiency when both are off the floor. And with the Clippers’ defense already less effective, this team will have a tough time outscoring Utah.
Utah is listed at -220 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jazz, you have a chance to win $45. The LA Clippers are +180, offering a chance to win $180 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Utah a 68.75% chance to win, with the Clippers at 35.71%
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The Utah Jazz try to snap a five-game losing streak when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in a key contest for both teams on Wednesday night. Los Angeles has won two straight games, including a win on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, and is in second place in the Pacific Division.
Utah has dropped five in a row, including a home loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, and is percentage points behind Portland for second place in the Northwest Division. Both teams are trying to reach the top spot in their respective divisions, so read our in-depth preview of this game to help you with your betting online.
The LA Clippers have been playing well without George and Leonard, but the Utah Jazz are desperate for a win and playing at home. Look for Clarkson to have a big game as the Jazz snap their losing skid with an easy win.
When making your NBA picks, take Utah to win and cover at home.