The Clippers have looked very good since starting this season but I have to admit that I’m not sure just how much the pressure of this season and win or bust will have on them as the year rolls on? The Jazz on the other hand are happy I’m sure to be able to just got out and play free flowing basketball with really no expectation in sight. Utah has a steady defense but not must of an offense aside from Hayward who is their leading scorer. Los Angeles will look to push the ball up the floor in this game to get catch the Jazz off set and look for the early foul trouble.
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers
10:30 PM ET, November 3, 2014
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Utah in all honesty is not much to write home about, they really didn’t make much of an impact during free agency, well and I would say more like no impact at all. This team is set from what I can see on next season’s draft as well as a few free agents they think they can attack with the amount of money they’ll have available to them. For this game though expect them to push the ball to match the tempo except on defense when they will look to play more of a zone, force the Clippers to shoot from the perimeter.
LA is in beast mode, they have looked phenomenal over the last week, making the high flying moves we are all used to seeing but also getting a little more technical on defense thanks to defensive specials and head coach Doc Rivers. Chris Paul still holds the ball a little too long in my opinion because he likes to make sure the pass is there first, something that takes away from the magic at times but also helps him not turn the ball over as much.
I easily see the Clippers as double digit favorites in this game at home and I think that they will take advantage of that while all their health is there. I want to see more of a back bone from Blake Griffin like he said but we’ll have to wait and see.