Jazz Intent on Taking Care of Business Against Clippers

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, April 5, 2018 2:45 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 2:45 PM UTC

Utah is in a brawl for playoff positioning, and a visit by Los Angeles isn't going to get in their way. However, for wagering purposes, it's not as simple as looking at the point spread.

NBA Thursday: Clippers vs. JazzFree NBA Teaser Pick: Jazz -2 and Over 205½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Jazz got a gift from the basketball odds recently when Portland's Damian Lillard went down with an ankle sprain. If he is forced to miss time, it helps Utah's quest to get home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

If Utah wins out, they will have the fourth seed locked up. Tonight's matchup against the Clippers is just what the doctor ordered, as the Jazz are -7.5 home favorites on the NBA odds board.

Utah has won the last two meetings, and both of those games were very high scoring. The Jazz put up 126 points in November, and 125 in January:

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I doubt the Jazz score 125 tonight, but they could easily get to 110 or higher. The Clippers are allowing 109 points per game on the road this season, and over their last seven road games they allowed an average of 111.7.

The best way to take advantage of tonight's game is with a teaser in your NBA picks. The Jazz will not let the Clippers ruin their chances at the fourth seed, and I see them scoring a ton of points.

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