NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers @ Utah Jazz Preview
The Clip Joint is taking control of the Pacific Division this year, and they are really the talk of the town right now in Tinseltown. The question is whether this is a team that is going to win some games on the road this year. There are only two games that have been won on the road all year, and the Clippers have already played twice the number of games at home as they have on the road (and one of those “road games” was at the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center). The good news is that this team clearly is tremendously talented. Blake Griffin is a man that is good for a double-double virtually all the time. Though the talk is all about Dwight Howard and where he is going to land by the March 15th trade deadline, Griffin is probably the top 20/10 type of man in the league. Chris Paul has been a great addition to Lob City, while though Chauncey Billups stated that he didn’t want to be claimed off of waivers after being released by the New York Knicks, he has fit in here well.
The Jazz have surprisingly been competitive this year, and they are probably going to end up being a playoff team if they can keep this up. The team is one of the many that is using depth instead of stars to try to get the job done, and as it turns out, Utah is in a lot better shape right now than the team that it was a trade partner with last year around this time, the New Jersey Nets. Playing at home has always been a big benefit for the Jazz, and this year has been no exception. Teams have had a difficult time coming into this altitude, especially when playing back to back days with this being the second half. The problem in this game is that Al Jefferson probably isn’t going to be in the lineup with an ankle injury, and we already know that Raja Bell is out with a groin strain. Aside from that though, it never seems to matter with this team who is out, because someone else is always stepping up to be the team’s leader.
The Final Word: In the end, we just don’t know if the Clippers have the goods to get the job done on the road, especially in a venue like this one. There is no line out yet in this one because of the injuries that the Jazz have to deal with, but we are sure that the hosts are going to be the play to make against a relatively short spread on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles Clippers @ Utah Jazz Free Pick: Utah Jazz