Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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The Utah Jazz head to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Game 2 of their Playoff series. The Jazz lead the series 1-0. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 7 point favorites.
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The Jazz finished the regular season with an overall record of 51-31. They were 1st in the Northwest Division. They had a point differential of 3.9 as they averaged 100.7 points per game while giving up 96.8 per contest. The Clippers had a regular season record of 51-31. They finished the year 2nd in the Pacific Division. They averaged 108.7 points per game and surrendered 104.4, good for a point differential of 4.3.
Valuable Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 35-43-4 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 42-40-0 against the over/under
Important Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 40-41-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 43-37-2 against the over/under
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
04/16/17 C Rudy Gobert Knee is downgraded to doubtful Tuesday vs. LA Clippers
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
03/30/17 PG Austin Rivers Hamstring out indefinitely
Rudy Gobert comes into this game averaging 14 points per contest while playing 33.9 minutes per night so far this year for the Jazz. He pulls down 12.8 rebounds per contest and dishes out 1.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 66% while his free throw percentage is currently at 65%. Gordon Hayward averages 21.9 points per game in 34.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.5 assists per contest and 5.4 rebounds per game for Utah. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
DeAndre Jordan averages 12.7 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year for the Clippers. He grabs 13.8 rebounds per game and has 1.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 71% and his free throw percentage currently is at 48%. Blake Griffin averages 21.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.1 rebounds per contest and 4.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 100.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.94 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 43.2 rebounds per game and 20.1 assists per game which ranks them 20th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 13.6 per game. The Jazz allow 96.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 4th and 17th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 40.2 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 17.8 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 108.7 points per game this year which ranks them 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.29 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 2nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 6th in the NBA. They average 43.1 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 16th respectively. In the turnover department the Clippers rank 24th with 13 per game. The Clippers allow 104.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 43.1 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 23.1 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. The Clippers force 13.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
The Jazz have an offensive rating of 109.6 and a defensive rating of 105.3. In terms of pace they average 91.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Utah turns the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Clippers rating on offense is 112.7 and they have a defensive rating of 108.2. They get 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 54%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles -7
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