Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/28/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -8
Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers (23-10, 2nd in the Pacific Division) play the Utah Jazz (19-12, 2nd in the Northwest Division) at Staples Center on Saturday, December 28, 2019. The line on this game has Los Angeles as 8 point favorites. The O/U is set at 218.5.
The Jazz are covering the spread 45.2% of the time, having gone 14-17-0 ATS. Los Angeles covers the spread 57.6% of the time, going 19-14-0 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/18/2019 Mike Conley PG Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 30
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Donovan Mitchell comes into this contest averaging 25.1 points per game while playing 35.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 83%. Bojan Bogdanovic averages 21.0 points per game in 33.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 4.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Lou Williams averages 19.1 points per game while playing 30.2 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.0 rebounds per game and has 6.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Kawhi Leonard averages 25.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.0 rebounds per contest and 5.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 107.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 45.5 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per game, which ranks them 15th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 4th with 16.2 per game. The Jazz allow 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 12th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.8 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest, which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 115.5 points per game this year. They are 10th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.1. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 10th in the NBA. They are 4th in the league in rebounding with 47.9 boards per game, and 18th in assists per contest with 23.3. The Clippers are 5th in turnovers per game with 16.2. The Clippers surrender 108.5 points per contest, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 22.6 assists allowed per contest and 13th with 45.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 21st in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game.
The Jazz are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 106.6, and their offensive rating of 107.8 is ranked 11th. They are 17th in the NBA in pace with 100 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 8th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 16th in the NBA. Utah is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 22nd in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 10th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 26th in the league. The Clippers are 6th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.9, and their defensive rating of 105 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 7th in the league with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 11th. As a team they are 9th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles -8
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