In this all-Western showdown between two teams sitting on the lower playoff places of the conference, the sixth Utah Jazz (33-26), are hosting the seventh Los Angeles Clippers (34-28), with both teams coming off victories in their latest matchups and are looking to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 02-27-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -9.5
Utah Jazz have a 33-26 record (31-26-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit in the 6th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Mavericks with a 125-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 22.8 ppg, adding 4 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.4 ppg and a team high 12.9 boards per game.
Los Angeles Clippers have a 34-28 record (34-28 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 121-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Lou Williams with 19.9 ppg and a team high 5.4 dimes per game off the bench. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 18.8 ppg and 5.9 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Jazz won on the road with a 109-129 score. Jazz have a 19-10 home record, while the Clippers are 17-16 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 114 ppg to Jazz’s 110.1, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 106.7 ppg to Clippers’ 113.8. Clippers have better percentages both in field goals (46.9% to 46.2%) and in 3-pointers (38.2% to 34.8%). Jazz on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (45.7 to 45) and in dimes made (25.2 to 23.4), while Clippers are better in turnovers committed (14 to 14.9). Jazz are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -9.5 (-108)
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