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Absence of Gobert Having Huge Ramifications on Clippers-Jazz Series

The tightest first-round NBA playoff series thus far has unquestionably featured the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, and tonight’s Game 3 in Salt Lake City figures to produce yet another closely contested affair. Sportsbooks opened the Clips as 1-point underdogs with an OVER/UNDER of 197.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Clippers' last five games.
  • The Jazz are 9-0 SU in their last nine games at home.
  • The Clippers are 19-3 SU in their last 22 games against the Jazz.

After dropping Game 1, L.A. roared back in Game 2 en route to a 99-91 victory. The loss of Jazz big man Rudy Gobert has severely impacted Utah, as the Clippers out-rebounded the Jazz 47-39 and held a 60-38 scoring advantage in the paint. Gobert remains questionable for the remainder of the series.

The biggest difference-maker and beneficiary of Gobert’s absence is L.A. center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan recorded 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting while pulling in 15 rebounds in Game 2. Jazz power forward Derrick Favors has done his part, going 12-for-17 from the field in the series.

Despite losing last month, Los Angeles has a fantastic overall record in Utah. In the Clippers’ last 10 trips to Vivint Smart Home Arena, they’re 9-1 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Utah Jazz as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -1-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 197 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 104-96 win for the Clippers on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Los Angeles Clippers have seen them go 52-32 and 40-43-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Utah Jazz are at 52-32 and 39-42-3 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Jazz are 42-42, while the Los Angeles Clippers are 43-40-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Utah vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Utah Jazz at No. 10 and the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 4 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Utah's No. 28-ranked offense averaging 100.55 PPG, against a Los Angeles Clippers defense that ranks No. 11 at 104.13 PPG. The Utah Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 46.59% so far, less than the Los Angeles Clippers shooters have achieved on the year, 47.55% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • LA Clippers is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Clippers's last 5 games
  • LA Clippers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 7 games on the road
  • Utah is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
  • Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Utah, Sunday, April 23rd