NBA Matchup: LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz
Date: 8th June 2021
Time: 10:00 PM EST
LA Clippers are set to play Utah Jazz in the western conference semi-finals tonight after a long and hard-fought battle against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. While LA’s first-round series stretched up to Game 7 and concluded just the day before, Utah is well-rested after closing out Memphis Grizzlies in 5 games a week ago.
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Clippers can count on Kawhi Leonard every night to come up big and close out with a clutch performance. In addition, Paul George has clearly shedded the pandemic P name in the series against Dallas averaging 23.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 5.6 assists a night. Utah Jazz on the other hand doesn’t rely on their all-stars but shares the load. Donovan Mitchell has returned healthy as ever and helped his team to 4 straight victories over Memphis.
Utah Jazz and LA Clippers played 3 games in the regular season and the former won 2 of those.
LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Game 1 Prediction
Utah Jazz is the top seed in the much competitive western conference and they’ve been playing like it so far in the playoffs. Although the Jazz was a first-round exit in the previous two seasons, they have come a long way from that. They are the hottest team in the NBA and retained the #1 seed despite Donovan Mitchell missing several games towards the end.
LA Clippers on the other hand had a disappointing postseason run in the bubble losing to Denver Nuggets after taking a 3-1 lead. While that was largely due to the underperformance of Paul George and Lou Williams, lack of team chemistry and lock room tensions were a significant part of it as well. They seem to have improved on that ever since Montrezl Harrell Lou Williams departed from LA Clippers. They were down 0-2 against the Dallas Mavericks but won road all games and a home game 7 to advance in the playoffs.
Both teams finished top 10 in offensive and defensive rating in the NBA and are a balanced match up. This series will not be one-sided in any way but Utah Jazz has an advantage over the Clippers entering Game 1 of the conference semi-finals tonight. Jazz is well-rested whereas the Clippers are exhausted from the series against Dallas Mavericks even though they may have the momentum.
Utah Jazz is expected to win Game 1 tonight against the LA Clippers despite the fact that this series can go either way in the long run.
Serge Ibaka (Out) back injury will not be playing in Game 1 tonight
Mike Conley ( Day-to-Day) with a hamstring strain and is questionable for Game 1 against LA Clippers
How to watch Clippers vs Jazz Game 1?
LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz will be televised nationally on TNT at 10:00 PM ET. International viewers can access the game on NBA League Pass.