Utah At Los Angeles NBA Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info
Heading into a new NBA season, the goal of every team is to at the very least make the playoffs. After all, you never know what might happen once you get in. The next goal of every team is to try and land in the top 4 in their conference standings, as that would mean having home court advantage in the opening round, which may be just enough to move on to the next stages.
There is a great little battle going on for that coveted #4 seed in the Western Conference right now, with the Utah Jazz holding a game and a half lead over the LA Clippers at #5. With time in the season running out, the Clippers now have limited opportunities to close that gap, but they will have the opportunity to do just that when they host the Jazz in a Saturday afternoon matinee. There is every chance that this will be the match-up in the opening round, which makes this meeting all the more intriguing. Find the latest NBA betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The Utah Jazz At Los Angeles Clippers NBA Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info
When: Saturday, March 25 at 3:30 PM EST
Where: Staples Center, LA
Radio: KZNS and KLAC
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz (44-28) have been holding on to the #4 spot for quite a while now, and have benefitted somewhat from a lack of consistency from the teams sitting below them. Utah are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but their win over the NY Knicks the other night was needed to snap them out of a 3-game losing skid. The Jazz have been good on the road this season, going 20-16, and they also have a winning record versus conference foes, going 25-18 in those games. They have lost 2 of 3 versus the Clippers this season, but did pick up the win in their last meeting. The Jazz have not been so good versus opponents with a winning record, as they as just 13-18 versus that group.
Why bet on the LA Clippers
The LA Clippers (43-30) can’t seem to get out of their own way this season. Every time it has appeared as though they have turned a corner, they go and lose games that they really should be wining. A perfect example of that came earlier this week when they had a 3-game winning streak snapped by a Dallas Mavericks team that were definitely there for the taking. The good news for the Clippers is that they have been fantastic at home, going 23-11 so far. They have also had the number of the Utah Jazz, winning 4 of 6 over the last 2 seasons. Prior to that, they had a 13-game winning streak going versus this team. It’s fair to say that the Utah Jazz are a team that the Clippers like to face.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two teams appear to be very evenly matched, but in spite of that, it appears to be the Clippers who always get the better of this meeting. You have to like them on home court, so giving them the edge here.