The Utah Jazz (12-6) visit Crypto.com Arena Monday to take on the LA Clippers (10-7). Tip is set for 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV).
The Jazz covered as 4.5-point road favorites Saturday over a shorthanded Portland team, winning 118-113. Utah is 12-6 against the spread (ATS) this season. It is led by F Lauri Markkanen, who is averaging 22.3 points per game. The Jazz are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as well.
The Clippers are 8-9 ATS this season and are 5-4 straight up at home. However, they have played better lately, covering 5 of their last 7 games and 3 of their last 4, including Friday against the San Antonio Spurs 119-97.
Los Angeles is led by F Paul George, who is averaging 23.6 points per game. He is listed as questionable. As the top offensive option, it would be wise to wait until his status is announced.
Jazz at Clippers odds
- Moneyline (ML): Jazz +130 (bet $100 to win $130) | Clippers -150 (bet $150 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Jazz +3.5 (-115) | Clippers -3.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 222.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Jazz at Clippers key injuries
- G Mike Conley (leg) out
- F Paul George (knee) questionable
- G Luke Kennard (calf) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Jazz at Clippers picks and predictions
Clippers 113, Jazz 107
Without F Kawhi Leonard on the injury report, the Clippers were rightfully (-180) on the moneyline, but with George questionable it’s now (-150) so I would wait to confirm prior to betting.
BET CLIPPERS -3.5 (-105).
The Clippers are deeper than just George, and with Leonard back in the lineups, the talents of G Reggie Jackson and G John Wall should be more impactful.
Los Angeles has the 2nd-best defensive rating, so it should have all it needs to stop a lethal Jazz attack.
The Clippers also rank 8th in effective field goal rate, and with their 2 stars likely to take the court, they should have the edge in terms of talent.
Couple the returning talent and their defensive efficiency, I expect the Clippers to come out on top.
LEAN UNDER 222.5 (-110).
The Clippers rank 20th in pace, and the Jazz sit 9th.
With F Marcus Morris Sr. as a gritty defender that should be able to give Markkenan issues, Los Angeles has the answers to the Utah offense.
LA is 3-14 O/U this season and has gone under in 3 straight, holding its last 2 opponents under 100.