Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-1.5)
STAPLES Center is the venue where and the Los Angeles Clippers (21-8) will take on the Utah Jazz (23-5) on Wednesday. Utah opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 227.
The Utah Jazz played the Philadelphia 76ers and notched a win by a score of 134-123 in their last contest. Utah walked away from the game having earned a 52.3% field goal percentage (45 out of 86) and converted 18 of their 45 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Jazz buried 26 of 31 attempts for a rate of 83.9%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 36 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 18 assists for the game while earning 9 steals and 4 rejections. In relation to defense, Utah allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the field on 47 of 94 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 19 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Moreover, the 76ers totaled 42 rebounds (12 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Philadelphia finished the game at 87.5% from the free throw line by converting 21 of 24 tries. They converted 8 of their 23 tries from 3-point range.
Donovan Mitchell is one guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He ended up with 24 points on 9 of 24 shooting. He played 34:48 minutes and also grabbed 3 boards. Mitchell ended up going 37.5% from the floor and also dished out 5 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Jazz was Joe Ingles. He collected 3 rebounds and also had 5 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the floor in this matchup by going 8-of-12 (20 points). Overall, Ingles played 32:33 min.
Utah will play this contest with a win-loss record of 23-5 on the campaign. The Jazz are shooting 39.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (469 of 1,187) and 77.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.7 points per outing (4th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.8% from the field. They are giving up possession 14.5 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Utah is snagging 48.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 664 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 16th in the NBA in terms of passing. On defense, the Jazz are forcing their opponents into 11.3 turnovers per game while drawing 19.9 personal fouls. They are 7th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 619 relinquished this season. The Jazz defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.0% (316 of 556) and they concede 41.7 boards per contest as a squad. They are surrendering 35.3% on shots from distance and they rank 3rd in the league in points per game allowed (106.3).
For their last game, the Los Angeles Clippers got the victory with a final of 125-118 when they faced the Miami Heat. The Clippers were able to snag 32 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They also rejected 2 attempts while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Heat earned 21 personal fouls for the game which took the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning shots from distance, Los Angeles made 15 of their 32 attempts (46.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Clippers finished shooting 47 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.3%. The Clippers allowed the Heat to knock down 46 out of their 91 tries from the field which had them at 50.5% in this matchup. They shot 22.2% from distance by shooting 8 of 36 and finished the contest at 18 of 22 at the free throw line (81.8%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles allowed Miami to grab 39 in total (9 offensive).
Marcus Morris was important for the Clippers in this game. He made 11 out of 15 in the game for a rate of 73.3%, which had him finishing with 32 points. Morris pulled down 3 rebounds in his 25:49 minutes of time on the court and had 2 assists for the contest. Someone else who came through for Los Angeles was Lou Williams. He notched 18 points in his 35:30 mins on the hardwood by way of 8 out of 20 from the floor in the game. Williams finished going 40.0% from the floor as well as earning 10 assists and 3 boards.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 21-8 for the campaign. Los Angeles has scored 3,367 points on the year (116.1 per game) and they collect 43.9 rebounds per contest. The Clippers are responsible for committing 19.1 personal fouls per game and they go 84.7% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Clippers are shooting 48.7% from the floor, which is ranked 3rd in the league. They are getting an assist 24.6 times per contest (17th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.2 times per contest. The Clippers on defense are ranked 5th in the league in points per game surrendered with 108.4. They give up 23.6 dimes and 41.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 7th and 1st in the league. The Los Angeles defense concedes 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (341 of 959) and their opponents are connecting on 79.2% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 13.6 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.6% from the floor (16th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (-1.5)
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