Thats’s right of course the viking wouldn’t make a boxing day special without some proper NBA action. For our final boxing day preview and prediction we’ve got the Jazz vs Clippers fixture in the NBA. The Utah Jazz will welcome a back to back road game Clippers over at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Utah.
The Utah Jazz will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 defeats at home aswell as 2 victories and 3 defeats overall. However in those latest 5 games they’ve encountered the “unbeatable” Golden State Warriors aswell as one of the other favourites for this years play-offs the San Antonio Spurs. In the Warriors game Gordon Hayward had his shooting way off and finished the game with 8 points (in their november meeting he scored 24) as opposed to his previous 20+ points streaks, it’s likely that the christmas break will have let him rest and recuperate so Jazz fans can once again expect him to deliver big numbers. Utah likely be without Danté Exum and Rudy Gobert for this fixture.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 defeats on the road aswell as 2 victories and 3 defeats overall. The Clippers will be on back to back road games for this fixture as they defeated rival team Los Angeles Lakers on the 25th. This match up will as usual be all about CP3 (Chris Paul) and Blake Griffin for the Clippers, if the Jazz can defend the 3 point line and shut the Clippers down then they might find themselves in quite a rough spot. The Clippers will be without Austin Rivers for this matchup.
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In their previous head to head meetings the Utah Jazz have won 1 and the Los Angeles Clippers have won 4. This will be a great revenge spot for the Jazz as their previous meeting was a home defeat.
The viking’s prediction for this game is that Utah Jazz manages to win, the two teams are close stat-wise and neither team are suffering from any crucial injury absence. However the Clippers will be back to back following an “away” game versus the Lakers and as such the value here will be with Utah Jazz especially as the odds are in slight favor of the Clippers which means that Utah already has some added value in the odds alone.
The smart gambler will be looking to buy the line here for a bit, if you want to place a little larger bet then consider buying it down to Utah Jazz +4.5. In a fixture with two offensive teams such as these then a cheap over also holds some value, the viking thinks that at least Over 190.5 is to be expected and might be an interesting side-pick.
Utah Jazz – Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz +4.5 @ 1.56
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The vikings picks for this game:
Utah Jazz – Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz Moneyline @ 1.95
Utah Jazz – Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz +3.5 @ 1.65
Utah Jazz – Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz -2.5 @ 2.20
Over 190.5 @ 1.54
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