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Jazz Need To Conquer History, Clippers In First Round

Many are pointing to the Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers series as being the most competitive in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. This may not be the case if history is any indication. The Jazz have won just two of the past 20 contests with the Clippers including a 1-3 record this season – all three of those losses came by at least 13 points.

SHARK BITES
  • The Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the Clippers.
  • The Clippers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games in the playoffs at home.
  • The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.

Gordon Hayward is going to need to find out how to consistently solve the Clippers, as he has averaged 15.8 points and shot just 38.1 percent from the floor against LA this season. Hayward did manage to post a healthy 27 points in the lone Jazz win over the Clippers this season and the squad will need more of that come Saturday.

LA enters the playoffs riding a seven-game winning streak that has seen Chris Paul play his best ball of the season. Paul is averaging 23.1 points, 10.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent during the Clippers’ winning streak. The biggest benefactor of Paul’s surge has been Blake Griffin, as the OU product has averaged 25.1 ppg in the same span.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Los Angeles Clippers as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -5.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 200.5 for Saturday at shops such as MyBookie.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 109-96 result in favor of the Clippers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Clippers sit at 51-31 (40-41-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Utah Jazz are currently 51-31 (37-42-3 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Los Angeles is 43-38-1 OU and Utah is 42-40 OU. This season the Los Angeles Clippers are 51-31 overall and 40-41-1 ATS against the number, while the Utah Jazz are 51-31 and 37-42-3 ATS. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 43-38-1 on the OU, and Utah is 42-40. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Utah injuries news.

The Clippers - Jazz betting odds would favor the Clippers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Los Angeles is rated No. 4 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Utah Jazz sit at No. 10.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Utah Jazz rank No. 18 in the league with 43.28 per game. That compares with Los Angeles's No. 21 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA's No. 9-ranked team at 10.26 per game, while the Utah Jazz rate No. 13 with 9.65 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Utah got 14 points from Gordon Hayward en route to a 101-97 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Clippers blew out Sacramento on Wednesday, running up the score in a 115-95 win at STAPLES Center.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Utah is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Utah is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • LA Clippers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Utah
  • LA Clippers is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games when playing Utah

Next Betting Matchups

Utah at Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 18th

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