Sports Betting Picks Extra Extra 03-25-2017 Clippers Vs. Jazz
Sports Betting Picks Extra Extra 03-25-2017 ESPN breakdown
LOS ANGELES — In a possible prelude to the postseason, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers square off Saturday at Staples Center.
The Jazz (44-28) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers (43-30) for the fourth seed and homecourt advantage in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. If they retain their positions, the two clubs would meet in the first round.
However, much can change before the playoffs seeds are determined. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who are a game behind the Clippers, and the Memphis Grizzlies, who trail Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games, also remain in contention for the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.
“Yeah, this time of the year, losses I think impact you a little bit more because you can actually see the standings and see the race come down to the final however many games it’s going to be,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin told the Los Angeles Times.
Utah has dropped two of three contests to Los Angeles this season, but the Jazz came out on top 114-108 in a testy affair on March 13 that featured altercations between Utah center Rudy Gobert and Clippers guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The win ended a nine-game winning streak by the Clippers on the Jazz’s home floor. Overall, the Clippers have captured 17 of the past 19 meetings against the Jazz, including the last four contests at Staples.
The Jazz are coming off a 108-101 win on Thursday over the New York Knicks, allowing Utah to snap a three-game skid. Gobert scored a career-high 35 points on 13-of-14 shooting, his best effort as a pro. Gobert matched a season high with 11 offensive rebounds and finished with 13 total boards for his 50th double-double this season.
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