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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers (52-32) at Utah Jazz (52-32)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -1 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out in Game 3 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday night.

The Utah Jazz pulled off the great escape in Game 1 with a buzzer beater but they were unable to replicate that performance as they lost by 99-91 in Game 2. Gordon Hayward led the team with 20 points but shot just five of 15 from the field, Derrick Favors and Joe Johnson added 13 points each while George Hill chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 25 from the three-point line but the problems were with their interior defense as they allowed 60 points in the paint and they were always playing from behind as they allowed the Clippers to get out to a hot start right from the tipoff.

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers will be breathing a major sigh of relief as the pressure was on them following their disappointing performance in Game 1. Blake Griffin led the team in scoring with 24 points on 11 of 21 shooting, Chris Paul steered the offense with 21 points and 10 assists while DeAndre Jordan finished with a double-double of 18 points with 15 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot a healthy 52 percent from the field but just six of 20 from the three-point line and five of eight from the free-throw line. The Clippers will be happy with the win but they’ll know that they have so much room for improvement as it won’t be long before either Jamal Crawford or JJ Redick start making some shots.

The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games. Meanwhile, the Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games and 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 home games against a team with a winning road record.

The Clippers did just enough in Game 2 to level the series but it will be the Jazz who will be feeling pretty good that they were able to steal home-court advantage. Rudy Gobert’s status for this game is still uncertain at this point but even without him, I’m backing the Jazz to strengthen their position in this series with a narrow win in front of their home fans.

 

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