Free NBA Predictions - Utah Jazz vs L.A. Clippers Odds & Free Picks

Utah Jazz players waiting to enter court

Charles Stark

Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:00 PM GMT

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 2:00 PM GMT

With a big win to open the season at Portland the Los Angeles Clippers come back home to take on Utah in this Western Conference matchup. NBA odds makers have made the home Clippers a solid favorite but Utah is a bit on the rise this season so is Los Angeles giving away too many points?

 

Utah Jazz

In their first two games Utah is averaging 100 points while allowing 101 in their loss and then win versus Portland and the Lakers respectively. I really like the makeup of this Utah team and if last year is any indicator they always play Los Angeles very tough. Last season and their three matchup's Utah beat Los Angeles and then lost two close ones by a combined eight points.  I like the way how Utah matches up with this Los Angeles team as a play tough defense and will look to control the pace. 

This aspect will be crucial tonight because they will be without Gordon Hayward for the next couple of weeks. Because of the season the so early it is hard to get a true gauge on how these teams are going to look, but Utah has their main core of players back and in their first two contests, they were really efficient shooting 52.8% on their two-point shots. They are also a very good team in limiting tempo as they don't allow opponents to get up and down the floor. They have been struggling defending the perimeter but that will improve as the season continues.

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles in their opener beat Portland 114-106 in a game in which we backed them minus the points. Although the Trailblazers made a run at them in the second half they showed some really good resilience and if they remain healthy they could possibly get over the hump this season and surprise some teams in the West. Like Utah, it is hard to get a true gauge on how this team is going to progress this year but their core of players are all there and I believe they are good enough to beat the elite teams in the league. However, they might get a little bit bogged down tonight taking on a Utah team in which they have struggled a little bit against recently. In two out of their past three games Utah was able to impose their type of pace and I believe the Jazz will come in and try to do just that tonight. 

 

Utah Jazz vs L.A. Clippers

Oddsmakers have come out making Utah a +8 underdog across the board. For my NBA pick, I'm going to take the points with Utah tonight as I think this number is just too big so I will back them getting the points like at 5Dimes, now offering 50% free play. Look for this game to be a bit slow-paced and for Utah to make things difficult on the Clippers even without Hayward.

 

Free NBA Picks: Utah Jazz +7.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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