NBA Picks: Jazz vs. Clippers

Saturday, December 28, 2013 1:11 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 1:11 PM UTC

The Jazz won last night, but they could in for a world of pain tonight when they take on Chris Paul and the Clippers as huge underdogs.

<p><b>Odds Overview</b></p> <p>This one could get ugly folks, at least that's what oddsmakers are thinking. They've put out a line of 13.5, with the Clippers obviously the favorites. The O/U ranges from 201 to 202.</p> <p>Coming in L.A. has gone 20-11 SU and 19-12 ATS, while Utah is 9-23 SU and 13-18-1 ATS for the season.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><i>Check out more <a target="_blank" title="NBA Lines &amp; Scores" href="/nba-basketball/odds-scores/">NBA betting lines</a> at!</i></p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":251433, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Utah Jazz</b></p> <p>It came down to the wire, but the Jazz narrowly escaped with a two-point win over the Lakers last night. They did however fall barely short of covering as 3.5-point favorites on <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA odds board</a>.</p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />Standout performances from Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors paced Utah in their win. Hayward scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added nine assists, five rebounds and three steals in a team-leading 38 minutes of action. Favors had 18 points and 14 rebounds in 33 minutes.</p> <p>As a team the Jazz shot 45.5 percent overall and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc, while out-rebounding the Lakers 43-37.</p> <p>With the victory, Utah moved to 3-2 SU (2-3 ATS) over their previous five, while going an even 5-5 SU in their last 10.</p> <p>On the road, the Jazz have gone 5-13 straight up and 8-9-1 against the spread. They have however done a little better in that respect lately, going 4-3 SU (with wins over Denver, Charlotte, Orlando and Sacramento) in their past seven outside of Salt Lake City.</p> <p><b>Los Angeles Clippers</b></p> <p>Looking to extend their five-game winning streak, the Clippers instead dropped consecutive road contests to Golden State (103-105) and then Portland (112-116).</p> <p>It was an overtime thriller against the Trail Blazers. Overall, L.A. shot 44.5 percent and 40.0 percent from the three-point range. They completely torched Portland in the post, out-scoring the home team 54-22 inside.</p> <p>Blake Griffin led the charge in the frontcourt with 35 points (15-of-27 FG) and 11 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan may have scored only two points, but he hauled down 19 rebounds and also swatted away two shots.</p> <p>However, it was <a target="_blank" title="Share your thoughts on Chris Paul" href="">Chris Paul</a> that was the lifeline of the Clippers in the close loss. He hit big shot after shot and ended up with a game-high 34 points to go along with 16 dimes and six steals. CP3 also turned the ball over just once.</p> <p>After that short yet tough road trip, the Clippers will be happy to get back to sunny L.A., where they haven't lost since December 1st.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick</b></p> <p>Los Angeles returns home after a couple incredibly tough road games and we fully expect them to come out and dominate from start to finish against this young Utah team.</p> <p>The Jazz could be pretty tired after a hard-fought win just last night and they haven't done too well in the second games of back-to-backs this season, having won only three of nine games so far.</p> <p>On the other hand, you've got the Clippers, who are 12-2 SU and have posted a solid 11-6 ATS record in 17 home contests this year. We feel as if they'll come out and show the Jazz a thing or two en route to an easy win for <a target="_blank" title="We give you free NBA picks" href="/nba-basketball/">our NBA picks</a>.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Clippers -13.5</p>
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