Clippers vs Jazz Odds and Picks

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The Utah Jazz are 19-1 over their past 20 outings, winning 17 of those games by at least 10 points. Photo by Ringo Chiu/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire.

  • The Utah Jazz are 2.5-point road favorites over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday (Feb. 17th, 10:10 pm EST)
  • Utah is riding an eight-game winning streak, and is 2.5 games clear of LA in the Western Conference standings
  • See below for analysis, odds and a betting prediction

Two of the hottest teams in the West clash in LA on Wednesday (Feb. 17th, 10:10 pm EST), as the first place Utah Jazz battle the third place Clippers.

Utah enters play riding an eight-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the NBA, while Los Angeles has reeled off four straight victories of its own.

Jazz vs Clippers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Utah Jazz -2.5 (-110) -136 OFF
Los Angeles Clippers +2.5 (-110) +116 OFF

Odds taken Feb. 16th from FanDuel.

The Jazz opened up as a 2.5-point road favorite, looking to improve to 11-3 against Western Conference foes. Theyโ€™re 10-3 on the road this season, and are fresh off an impressive win over Philadelphia, the top team in the East.

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Utah Slams Sixers

The Jazz put up their second highest point total of the season, pouring in 134 points in an 11-point victory over the 76ers. Jordan Clarkson, a top contender for the NBAโ€™s Sixth Man of the Year award, splashed a season-high 40 points for Utah, burying eight triples along the way.

Donovan Mitchell added 24 points, helping the Jazz erase an early 14-point deficit. After starting the season 4-4, theyโ€™ve racked up 19 wins in their past 20 outings, compiling an 18-2 record ATS over that stretch.

They rank fourth in points per game, fourth in 3-point efficiency and first in total rebounding. Defensively, only the LA Lakers and New York Knicks surrender fewer points per outing, and they rank third in opponent field goal percentage, fourth in blocks, and sixth at defending the 3-point line.

Theyโ€™re 1-0 versus the Clippers this season, and will have the benefit of facing an LA squad that will be missing at least two starters.

Clippers Extinguish Heat

LA meanwhile, defeated the Miami Heat 125-118 on Monday, despite missing starters Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Nicolas Batum and Patrick Beverley.

George and Batum have already been ruled out for this game, and while Leonard is currently listed as questionable, the spread suggests heโ€™ll definitely be in the lineup versus the Jazz.

Without four of their starters, Marcus Morris led the way against the Heat, notching a season-high 32 points and six triples. Ivan Zubac splashed 22, while Lou Williams chipped in 18 points and 10 assists.

The Clippers dished out 31 assists for the second consecutive game, and surprisingly improved to 3-1 without George and Leonard in the lineup.

Theyโ€™re the NBAโ€™s best 3-point shooting team and third highest scoring offense, and rank top-five in both points against and opponent 3-point field goal percentage.

Keep Riding the Jazz

While it may feel like a trap, there is no way you can fade Utah against a shorthanded LA squad. Even if Kawhi plays, which we expect he will, this line will likely move further in the Jazzโ€™s favor so grabbing the -2.5 now is imperative if youโ€™re thinking about backing Utah.

The Jazz are in the midst of a prolific run and are gaining more and more championship buzz every day. Theyโ€™re 8-4 as a road favorite this season, and held the Clippers to just 100 points last time they met when LA was completely healthy. That night, Kawhi and PG-13 combined for only 45 points on 14-of-41 shooting (34.1%), and we canโ€™t expect Leonard to be 100% even if he plays.

Utah is not only beating teams during its winning streak, theyโ€™re embarassing them. 17 of their past 19 victories have been by double-digits, and another 10+ point win in this matchup is definitely in the range of outcomes.

Pick: Utah Jazz -2.5 (-110)

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Chris Amberley

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