Clippers at Jazz 4/21/17 - NBA Playoff Picks & Predictions
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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA: 10:00 PM EST
Apr. 21, 2017
Latest Odds : UTA -1 Total 197
The series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz is tied at 1-1 as the two teams head to Salt Lake City. Utah battled to a gutty buzzer-beating win in game one after Rudy Gobert went down with an injury in the first 30 seconds. The Jazz defense was exposed in game two, as Los Angeles dunked its way to a win.
Chris Paul was great in both games at the Staples Center. He had a pair of double-doubles with 25 and 21 points. In the second game, he hit 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and gave the Clippers buckets just as Utah crept within a couple of possessions. DeAndre Jordan was on the receiving end of several of Paul's assists, and had 18 points on Tuesday on 9 of 11 shooting. He also pulled down 15 boards.
There's no word yet on whether Gobert will be ready to go for the Jazz on Friday, but it's doubtful given the definite no he got for Tuesday's game. There's no time table for his injury, as it's just a matter of pain and mobility in his sprained knee.
This season, veteran Joe Johnson averaged just 9.1 points per game. In the playoffs, he's scored 21 and 13, and hit the game-winner in the playoff opener. Johnson is confident in big situations and could be the difference between a win or loss in multiple games of the series. Gordon Hayward looks to bounce back from his 5 of 15 shooting night on Tuesday.
Recent Betting Trends:
Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 overall.
Under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 vs. NBA Pacific.
Free Betting Pick: Utah Jazz -1
At home this Jazz team has been so much better this season and think the Utah defense steps up to show why in vital game 3 win. Add in a great performance from Jazz All Star Hayward and it's Utah taking a 2-1 series lead. Final Score Prediction, Utah Jazz win and cover ATS 95-90.