The Jazz will look to make it 2-0 in the 2nd-round playoff series when they host the Clippers on Monday. Utah managed to come away with the win in Game 1 after trailing by 13 at the break. With that victory, they expanded their playoff winning streak to 5 games. After topping the NBA in the regular season, the Jazz now have a 57-21 overall SU record. Against the spread, they’re 45-31-2. The Clippers made their way to the 2nd round after an exhausting 7-game series vs Dallas. On Tuesday, they were great to start the game. However, the fatigue caught up with them in the second 24 minutes as they lost the first game in the series. Over the season, the Clips are now at 51-29 SU and 43-35-2 ATS. On Thursday, the two teams will meet for the fourth time this season. Three of those matchups went Utah’s way.
The Jazz are once again favorites at home. The line is set at -3 and has remained stable since it was released. The total saw a bit of movement, moving from 221 to 221.5.
Notes on Los Angeles Clippers
It seems that the Clippers missed a great chance to steal the home-court advantage on Tuesday. They failed to capitalize their 13-point lead at the half, poor shooting night from Utah, and the absence of Mike Conley. But, the tired legs and the inability to stop Donovan Mitchell in the second half eventually led to a 109-112 defeat. The Clipper got off to a great start on Tuesday. Despite early foul trouble for Kahwi Leonard and Paul George struggling, the LA team shot great from the deep (47.8%) and got some production from role players. However, they couldn’t keep it up, going only 5-19 for three in the second half. At the same time, fatigue influences their defensive performance, too. The Clippers have allowed Utah to shoot 43.5% from beyond the arc, and 52.6% overall in the second half.
Coach Lue still can’t count on Serge Ibaka. His absence is the only injury issue for the Clippers.
Notes on Utah Jazz
With things opening up in the West, Utah is now considered by many as the lead contender to get out of the conference. And, on Tuesday, they showed why. They started the game terribly, shooting just 17.9% from the field. At one point in the first half, they had missed 20 consecutive field goals. Without Mike Conley, it seemed that the Jazz had no one capable of steadying the ship. Still, a fantastic display of determination and a monster performance from Donovan Mitchell in the second half, eventually got Utah the valuable win. Like the rest of the team, Mitchell started slow, shooting 5-14 in the opening 24 minutes. However, he was unstoppable after the break, getting to the rim at will. He finished the game with 45 points on 16-30 shooting.
Mike Conley is still listed as questionable for the Jazz. Even if he plays, Conley will likely be on a minutes restriction.
Betting Pick: The Clippers +3
Utah had a lot going for them in Game 1. Leonard and Reggie Jackson got into foul trouble early, while Paul George couldn’t get going. Still, they needed a monster performance for Mitchell and a game-saving block from Rudy Gobert to win. These are evenly matched teams and with a bit more rest, the Clippers likely won’t collapse in the second half against. Expect them to cover in another tight and nervy game.