LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz (Game 1) Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks, Point Spread

LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz

  • The LA Clippers had just a one day break between this match and the end of their last series, which went to seven games.
  • Top seed in the NBA regular season, the Utah Jazz enter this series after closing out their first round in five games.
  • The Clippers open as +145 underdogs!

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LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
LA Clippers +3.5 (-110)
O 220.5 (-115)
Utah Jazz -3.5 (-110)
U 220.5 (-105)

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LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Predictions and Picks

Our Pick
The Utah Jazz enter this season with good health and a long rest, while the LA Clippers finished their last series on Sunday. With their defence, the Jazz will set the tone in Game 1.
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How to Watch LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz

LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Information
Teams LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz
Location Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Time 10:00 PM EST, June 8th, 2021
How to Watch TNT

Head-to-Head: LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz

LA Clippers Head-to-Head Utah Jazz
Tyronn Lue Head Coach Quin Snyder
47-25 (4th in West) Standing 52-20 (1st in West)
W-W-L-W Form W-W-W-W
117.6 (4th of 30) Off Rtg 117.6 (3rd of 30)
111.2 (8th of 30) Def Rtg 108.3 (4th of 30)
96.9 (28th of 30) Pace 98.5 (18th of 30)

Playoff Leaders (Per Game)

K. Leonard (32.1) PPG D. Mitchell (28.5)
P. George (9.0) RPG R. Gobert (13.0)
P. George (5.7) APG M. Conley (8.6)
K. Leonard (2.3) SPG R. O’Neale (1.6)
S. Ibaka (1.5) BPG R. Gobert (3.2)
K. Leonard (.612)/K. Leonard (11.7) FG%/FGM D. Favors (.800)/D. Mitchell (9.0)
T. Mann (.500)/R. Jackson (3.1) 3P%/3PM M. Conley (.548)/D. Mitchell (3.5)

LAC: Control Utah’s Scoring

The LA Clippers are supposed to be a strong defensive side, but they’ll have their work cut out for them when they face off against the Utah Jazz.

In the first round the Jazz averaged 123.4 points per game, off the back of having six different double-digit scorers.

The Clippers had it easy in terms of team defence in the first round, as Luka Doncic was their only true individual threat. The Jazz’s egalitarian offence will challenge LA’s defence in a new way.

Clippers Key Player: (F) Kawhi Leonard

With their backs against the wall, the LA Clippers fell back on the brilliance of two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to send them to the second round.

Leonard was brilliant in seven games against the Mavericks. He averaged 32.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.3 steal on 61% shooting from the field and 42.5% from three.

Head coach Tyronn Lue certainly wants more support for Leonard from the Clippers’ reserves. However, at his efficiency rate, it’s difficult to keep him out of the game for any extended period of time.

UTA: Find LA’s Stars

The Utah Jazz had a little issue in their first-round series against the Grizzlies, except for their ability to contain Memphis’ perimeter stars. The Jazz will see an upgrade to that challenge in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The pair combined to average 55.7 points per game on a combined average of 53.7% shooting from the field.

When the Clippers’ stars get going early, they are tough to stop. It’ll be up to Utah’s squad of wing defenders to slow them down, in order to keep pace with their own offence.

Jazz Key Player: (G) Donovan Mitchell

It took just five games for the Utah Jazz to overcome the Memphis Grizzlies in their first-round series. Once Donovan Mitchell returned to the fold, Utah didn’t lose a game.

In four games in the Jazz’ first-round series, Mitchell averaged 28.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.

Mitchell’s scoring ability is crucial to the Jazz’s success. He’s also a solid distributor, able to punish the Clippers when they held onto him. Mitchell will, without a doubt, be the Jazz’s most important piece in beating the Clippers.

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