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Absence of Gobert Could Set the Tone in Clippers-Jazz Series

Veteran reserve Joe Johnson has long been known as one of the most clutch players in the NBA, and he showed why once again in Game 1 of the Utah Jazz’s first-round series with the L.A. Clippers by sinking a game-winning buzzer-beater in the 97-95 triumph. Johnson’s Jazz opened as 9-point underdogs for Game 2, which goes on Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Jazz' last three games on the road.
  • The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the Clippers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Clippers' last four games.

The biggest story for Utah is the status of star center Rudy Gobert. Gobert suffered a knee injury on the opening possession of the contest, leaving his status for the rest of the series in doubt. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder didn’t say much about how long the big man will be out, stating “it’s literally wide open at this point.”

The Clippers have already lost home-court advantage and know they can’t go back to Utah down 2-0. L.A. doesn’t have the best track record in the playoffs, and it’s widely believed this is a make-or-break year for them due to the impending unrestricted free agency of Blake Griffin.

The win was a huge one for the Jazz, who are now 3-18 SU in the last 21 meetings between Utah and Los Angeles.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Los Angeles Clippers as -7-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 196.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Clippers to win this game 108-95. 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 Utah Jazz will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 38-42-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Los Angeles Clippers are 40-42-1 ATS. Utah is 42-41 against the points scored total betting line, while Los Angeles is 43-39-1 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Utah injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Los Angeles Clippers rated this week at No. 4 and the Utah Jazz sitting at No. 10.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Utah Jazz rank No. 20 in the league with 43.17 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 10.23 per game, while the Utah Jazz rate No. 13 with 9.63 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Jazz grabbed a 97-95 win over the Clippers on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Joe Johnson at STAPLES Center.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games
  • Utah is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games on the road
  • LA Clippers is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Clippers's last 6 games
  • LA Clippers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • LA Clippers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Utah

Next Betting Matchups

Utah home to Los Angeles, Friday, April 21st

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