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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2
(0-1) LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (1-0)
Date: Thursday, June 10th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: LA Clippers +170 | Jazz -148
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -3
NBA Betting Total: 221
Thursday, June 10th the Utah Jazz will host the LA Clippers and look to take a commanding 2-0 conference semi-finals lead over the LA Clippers following their 112-109 Game 1 victory.
For the majority of Game 1, the Clippers held the lead and seemed poised to steal the opening match in Utah. Instead, the Jazz overcame their early shooting woes finding their efficiency late while LA succumbed to the fatigue of playing just two days after finishing Round 1.
Kawhi Leonard led his team with 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Yet, even Leonard struggled to match his Round 1 efficiency (61.2FG%, 42.5% from deep) shooting 47% and 25% from the field and perimeter.
More concerning was the combo of Paul George and Marcus Morris Sr. who scored 20 (4 of 17) and nine points (4 of 14) respectively. George in particular was tentative electing for long shots instead of capitalizing on defenders he could easily drive past.
With the Clippers dealing with a quick turnaround Ty Lue dug deeper into his rotation. Patrick Beverley and DeMarcus Cousins got some run while Luke Kennard (18) experienced an uptick in minutes and Terance Mann who was so effective versus the Mavericks got less time.
The x-factor for LA was Ivica Zubac who proved effective as a rim protector collecting 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in 20 minutes.
Anyone who hasn’t witnessed many Jazz games this season may be surprised by the play of Donovan Mitchell. Sure, he’s known for his scoring prowess but where he took huge strides in 2020-21 was his leadership and game management particularly in closing games.
It’s the qualities every team needs their leader to possess and something players like Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, and Jimmy Butler are known for. Repeatedly this season, Mitchell demonstrated the ability to take over and finish games that were up for grabs.
That identity remains intact this postseason and was something fans witnessed in a few close matches versus the Grizzlies in Round 1. It was on full display in the Game 1 victory as he scored 45 points – – 32 in the second half with 16 coming in the final frame and 10 in clutch time.
Rudy Gobert struggled with foul trouble and arguably was equaled by Zubac yet he collected a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) and made the play of the game blocking Morris’ 3-point shot to send the game to overtime.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson each chipped in 18 points.
Injury reports aren’t in yet, but presumably, Mike Conley (hamstring) will remain out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Jazz are 7-3 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Jazz are 6-3-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 3-6-1 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
Free LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Utah did what they were supposed to by taking the opening match on their home court but at times the absence of Mike Conley was palpable.
LA won the majority of statistical categories, was close in rebounding (42 to 46) with the lone exception being paint scoring (36 to 28) which is why it won’t be surprising if Zubac gets extended playing time.
Reserve scoring was a huge advantage for LA (42 to 23) with Clarkson collecting 18 of the 23 Jazz points and could be a factor the longer the series goes.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers +3
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