The Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz face off in Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series at 7 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday.
Who will win the game in Salt Lake City?
Check out what the odds are saying about the game, as well as some picks and predictions for the contest, which can be seen on TNT
Larry Rupp writes: “The Clippers are 43-35-1 against the spread (ATS) this season. Utah is 45-32 ATS this season. Utah won two out of three head-to-head meetings with the Clippers in the regular season.”
The site’s Basketball Power Index gives the Clippers a 35.9% chance to win Game 1.
Quinn Allen writes: “The Jazz had the best home record in the Association during the season with a 31-5 mark. They frankly don’t lose at Vivint Arena. While I’m not saying it won’t happen at some point, Utah is going to thrive off the home crowd here and get an upper hand in the series opener. Gobert’s success against the Clippers will shine through as LA will look to make the necessary adjustments to slowing down the Stifle Tower in Game 2.”
Jasmyn Wimbish writes: “While I picked the Clippers to win this series, I think the Jazz will come out stronger having fresher legs and more rest. Plus that Utah crowd is always a factor for Jazz games, which will make things even more difficult for the Clippers in Game 1.”
Sam Quinn writes: “If Conley were healthy, Utah’s home dominance would make the Jazz the wise pick. Until we know more about his status, though, the Clippers shouldn’t be getting this many points. They could easily win this thing outright, so take the points and hope for a close game.”
Ameer Tyree writes: “The Jazz finished the regular season with the NBA’s best record, but aren’t as good as they look on paper because of multiple injuries. Donovan Mitchell has been somewhat hobbled by the ankle sprain that caused him to miss more than one month, and Mike Conley is questionable for Tuesday because of a hamstring tweak he suffered in the first round. If neither of Utah’s top creators is healthy on game day, the Clippers will have the edge on offense and defense.”
Josh Fisher writes: “Although the Utah Jazz made easy work of the Grizzlies in the first round and absolutely dominated on their home court this season, I see the Clippers being the better team in Game 1. Los Angeles has more firepower at the top of their roster and Kawhi Leonard is playing out of this world right now. The Clippers have won four out of their last five games and there’s no doubt that they will continue their recent success in the first game of this series. For a team that has struggled in the postseason, look for Kawhi Leonard to channel his 2019 self and lead this team past the Jazz in Game 1 and for the duration of this series.”
Peter Tran writes: “Head to head, the under is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall, the Clippers are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and the Clippers are 8-20-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings in Utah. The Clippers finally managed to sneak past the Mavericks in the first round, but they were far from convincing as it took plenty of heroics from Leonard after dropping the first two games of the series. Meanwhile, the Jazz have been waiting patiently as they coasted past the Grizzlies once Mitchell joined the team and they’re always tough to beat at the Vivint Arena, which doesn’t bode well for the Clippers who lost three of their four home games against the Mavericks. I have the Jazz winning this series in six games and I think it starts with a win and cover in Game 1.”
Raheem Palmer writes: “This series is really interesting, given the advantages each team has against the other. However, the Clippers are coming off a grueling seven-game series, while the Jazz are well rested after disposing of the Grizzlies in five games. This is an angle I’ve written about before and one I’ll play here. Teams that win Game 7 are 32-47 (40%) straight up in Game 1 of the following series. Add in the altitude and the home-court advantage that the Jazz possess and I think they have the advantage here, particularly given that they’ll have to deal with the Gobert’s size and the quickness of Mitchell. That said, I’ll lay the 3.5 points with the Jazz.”