LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz (Game 2) Predictions, Betting Odds, Point Spread
- Despite a late rally in Game 1, the LA Clippers were unable to catch up and dropped a hard-fought opening match.
- The Utah Jazz looks well-rested and ready to improve on their opening performance against the Clippers.
- The Jazz open as the favorite off the back of being the top seed and having the lead after one game.
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LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Odds
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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|LA Clippers||+3 (-110) |
|O 221 (-115) |
|Utah Jazz||-3 (-110) |
|U 221 (-105) |
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LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Predictions and Picks
|The LA Clippers had a handle on the Jazz for the majority of Game 1, but stumbled out of the gate in the second half and gave up their lead. With a more concentrated effort and more rest before Game 2, LA should even up the series.|
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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 10th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
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)|
|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 the Pace
The LA Clippers are more than capable of taking down the Jazz, but they faltered late and gave away Game 1.
Tyronn Lue’s team only attempted 85 field goals in Game 1, converting on 36. They were efficient with their ball movement though, assisting on 22 of those 36 field goals.
Save for a dreadful third quarter, the Clippers controlled the majority of the game. Controlling the pace of the game and making sure that they can create solid opportunities is crucial. Continuing to get the free throw line will do wonders for their eventual droughts.
Clippers Key Player: (F) Marcus Morris
— NBA France (@NBAFRANCE) June 6, 2021
LA Clippers starting power forward Marcus Morris has struggled to reward the efforts of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George when given the opportunity. To level the series, head coach Tyronn Lue needs him to be effective.
Morris posted nine points, three rebounds, a block, and a steal in 33 minutes of play in Game 1. His one of nine-night from three made it difficult for the Clippers – especially in the fourth.
The nine-year veteran needs to find his feet early for the LA Clippers. He’s too versatile on defense to leave on the bench, but his struggles shooting the ball are hurting his team.
UTA: A Consistent Four Quarters
The Utah Jazz won’t have an easy out in Game 2. Despite coming out the winners in Game 1, Utah needs to have a better performance to go up 2-0.
Utah trailed through the first half and were fortunate to find their rhythm for a fantastic third quarter. Despite that, they almost gave the game away in the fourth if not for a gargantuan effort from Donovan Mitchell.
To go up 2-0 in the series, the Utah Jazz needs to take advantage of home court and maintain their effort through four quarters.
Jazz Key Player: (G) Donovan Mitchell
Playoff Donovan Mitchell is different. pic.twitter.com/WF4vDJ4sgf
— Hilltop Hoops (@HilltopNBA) June 9, 2021
With the performance that Donovan Mitchell showed off in Game 1, the Jazz guard was always going to be the key man going into Game 2.
In Game 1 against the LA Clippers, Donovan Mitchell carried his team to victory. He scored 45 points on 53.3% shooting from the field and six of 15 shooting from three. More importantly, he scored 16 of his 45 in the fourth quarter to stave off the Clippers.
Mitchell can carry the Jazz, but with their amount of talent, he shouldn’t have to. With the offensive threat that he possesses, he should be able to create better opportunities for his teammates.
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