Clippers Climbing Standings and Raptors Lead the Way for us ATS

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Justin Hilbert

Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:39 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 6:39 PM GMT

The Raptors and Clippers continue to be two of the hottest teams in the NBA for 2018 and Toronto is dominating opponents against the spread.

Clipper at Jazz

This might be the best basketball matchup of the night. Both the Jazz and the Clippers have started out the season consistent, although the Clippers were able to transcend the injury bug and climb the Western Conference standings all the way to the six seed, while the Jazz are still struggling to get back into the playoff mix.

The Clippers have gotten a new identity in the absence of the ball-dominant Chris Paul and have turned into a different team with Lou Williams leading the attack. Utah is not too shabby on the defensive end as the only give up 102 points per game, good for sixth in the league. The Jazz defense is anchored by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert, and he is more than capable of protecting the rim against the force that is Blake Griffin.

Offensively the Clippers took a little bit of a hit when the lost Milos Teodosic for a few weeks to a foot injury, meaning they will have to rely heavily on Lou Williams to be that guard scoring punch off of the bench. The Jazz offense seems to be coming into their own sans Gordon Hayward, because they are featuring Donovan Mitchell more, while Joe Ingles is proving to Jazz faithful that he earned his big money extension this summer.

Ingles is averaging 9.7 points per game and shooting a blazing a 42% from 3-point range. Look for Ingles and Rodney Hood to open up the floor against a Clippers team that is shaky when it comes to wing defenders, although their effort might not be enough.

The Clippers are 23-21 ATS this season and should be able to improve on that number for our NBA picks against a struggling Utah team who is playing on the second night of a back to back.

Free Pick Clippers +2
Best Line (-115) Found at Bookmaker

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Raptors at Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler has settled any debate about the hierarchy in the Minnesota offense. Butler has settled in as an ancillary option in Minnesota and allowed the young stars, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns dominate the ball on offense. Butler is fifth among Wolves player in usage rate at 19.7%, which means that he is getting the ball much less than he did last season in Chicago.

Toronto was once on the outside looking in of the pace and space movement, as they were one of the few teams who did not implement the 3-point shot in their offensive strategy. Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan has become notorious for his propensity to take mid-range jump shots, but he along with the rest of the Raptors team are changing that narrative. DeRozan is shooting a career-high 36% from three-point range this season and is taking 3.2 threes per game. The Raptors will need another superhero performance from DeRozan if they expect to defeat the Timberwolves.

The Raptors are 31-13 ATS this season and are fully capable of living up to that mark against a quality opponent such as the Timberwolves.

Free Pick Raptors +4
Best Lines are (-105) at Heritage

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