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Portland vs. Utah NBA Point Spread Pick from Mike Lundin: February 15th 2017

Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA Point Spread Pick: Blazers +8.5 points (February 15th 2017)
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The Utah Jazz have dropped three on the bounce and put up a really pathetic performance in Monday’s 88-72 loss to the Clippers. The Jazz recorded a season worst for points and shooting percentage (32.2) and are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and just 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.

Tonight they’ll take on a Portland Trail Blazers side that hasn’t played well lately either, dropping four of its last five games. The Blazers are 0-5 ATS during that span, but they’ve won three straight head-to-head meetings with Utah the they’re 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings at Vivint Smart Home Arena. This is way too many points to give the Blazers, and I think they’ll keep this a close game.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Over-Under Prediction: February 13th 2017

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA Over-Under Prediction: Under 206.5 points (February 13th 2017)
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Anytime I see a Utah game on their homecourt with a total over 202 points, I will look closer. After handicapping this game, I do like it ‘Under’ tonight. The posted total is higher than what it normally would be because, 1) the Jazz are on a 5-0 OVER run, and 2) the Clippers have the worst defensive rating in the NBA the last 10 games.

The Jazz are more of a ‘under’ team and trends and statistics support that. It’s not often you will find them go ‘over’ 6 straight games. The Jazz play at a very slow pace and also play very good defense. The Jazz are the slowest paced team in the NBA the last 10 games. Since 2010, the Jazz have played six consecutive games to the ‘Over only once! There were 6 other times where they were on a 5-0 ‘Over’ run and the 6th game went ‘Under’ by an average of 9.7 points. Now is an opportune time to take the Jazz ‘Under’.

The Clippers started off their road trip slow, but have won their last 2 and are headed back towards home after this stop in Utah. The Clippers are a better defensive team than what they have shown as of late. And Doc Rivers does not like to be known as a bad defensive team. He is having his guys play better and harder as of late. They locked down Kemba Walker vs Charlotte and held the Hornets to 43% shooting, which included only 30% in the 3rd quarter.

Utah is 1-16 SU the last 17 meetings vs the Clippers. The last 3 home meetings when the total was 200 or higher, the Jazz only scored 87, 89, and 96 points. Utah is coming off two losses and this is a game they definitely want to win. I expect them to want to do that with their usual hard nosed defensive style and slow pace on offense. This year as a home favorite and coming off a home loss, the Jazz have given up only 84, 88, 85, and 98 points the following game. The UNDER is 15-6 since 2012 when the Jazz are a home favorite and coming off a home loss. Bring the opponent in off a win, and the UNDER is 7-2 since 2012. I think we see a tough fought game with a final score in the 101-94 range. (1* UNDER)

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Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Betting Pick from Larry Ness: January 21st 2017

Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA Betting Pick: Utah -6 (January 21st 2017)
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Indiana opened its road swing with a 106-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, recovering from a 22-point deficit. “We know we haven’t had a lot of success on the road,” Indiana head coach Nate McMillan told reporters. “There was an emphasis on trying to get that first road win, which was Sacramento. We dug ourselves a hole in that game, but fought our way out of that hole and were able to get that game.” However, last night, the Pacers lost 108-96 at Staples to a Lakers team which is 16-31. So much for “emphasis!” The Pacers are led by SF George (22.0-6.1-3.3), the 6-11 Turner (15.6-7.5) and PG Teague (15.6-8.0 APG) but do have seven others averaging between 5.7 and 11.7 PPG (note: Stuckey is out with a hamstring problem). However, defense has been an issue for most of the season, as the Pacers allow 106.6 PPG (23rd).

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz are rolling, sitting atop the Northwest Division with a 28-16 record (three games up on OKC), which currently gives them the West’s No. 5 seed. Center Rudy Gobert (12.8-12.8) is dominating games and the potential first-time All-Star looks to help the Utah Jazz extend their season-best winning streak to six games, tonight. He posted career highs of 27 points and 25 rebounds in Friday’s 112-107 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks for his 30th double-double of the campaign and he has reached double digits in rebounds for 29 consecutive games! His emergence is part of the reason why Utah is headed for a near-certain Western Conference playoff spot. SF Gordon Hayward (22.1-5.8-3.6) has been the team’s best player the last few ears and could also be headed for the All Star game, which would be a first.

The Pacers are 6-15 SU and ATS on the road, allowing 109.9 PPG. That hardly bodes well against a Utah team leading the NBA in points allowed (95.2) and in opponents’ FG percentage (43.1). The Jazz remain underpriced. Lay the points.

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