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Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz Predictions & Tips - Jazz To Pounce On Jaded Clippers

  • Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz predictions for Tuesday, June 8
  • Clippers-Jazz to tip-off at 03:00 BST (Wednesday) at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah won the regular season series 2-1
  • Jazz tipped to make most of home advantage once again
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Leigh Copson 08 Jun 2021
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Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz Predictions & Tips

A rested Utah team can take Game 1 of this playoff series.

The Jazz have not played since last Wednesday after wrapping up a 4-1 series win over Memphis.

LA, meanwhile, engaged in a marathon 7-game scrap with Dallas before finally advancing on Sunday.

Playing at home and on the back of a welcome mid-playoff break, the Jazz can draw first blood.

  • Utah Jazz had the best regular season home record (31-5)
  • Utah Jazz beat Los Angeles Clippers in Utah earlier this season
  • Utah Jazz have won six straight home meetings with Los Angeles Clippers
  • Utah Jazz have not played since last Wednesday
  • Utah Jazz scored 120+ in all 4 wins over Memphis Grizzlies
  • Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.5 points per game since returning from injury
  • Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert is averaging 13 rebounds per game in the playoffs this season
  • Los Angeles Clippers went the full 7 games with Dallas Mavericks
  • Los Angeles Clippers have not win in Utah since February 2017

Head To Head

  • Utah Jazz lead the all-time series 119-86
  • Utah Jazz lead the all-time playoff series 10-5

Los Angeles Clippers Form & Team News

The Los Angeles Clippers needed to full seven games to down Dallas in the first round.

The Clippers found themselves in trouble early as they lost the first two games at home, 113-103 and 127-121.

With their backs against the wall they raised their game though, recording back-to-back wins in Dallas.

Kawhi Leonard put up 37 points and 8 rebounds, while Paul George added 29 points in a 118-108 win.

Leonard then led the charge again with 29 points and 10 rebounds as LA won Game 4, 106-81.

The Clippers suffered a third straight home defeat in the series in Game 5 to fall behind again.

But their response to the 105-100 loss was decisive.

Leonard ran riot with a 45-point display in Game 6 as the Clippers levelled the series with a 104-97 victory.

He then led the charge in the winner-takes-all Game 7, putting up 28 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists as LA overcame another huge performance from Luka Doncic to win 126-111.

Now the Clippers face Utah in a best-of-seven series and they may be forced to play Game 1 without Serge Ibaka (back). 

Utah Jazz Form & Team News

While Los Angeles endured a marathon first-round series, Utah made pretty quick work of Memphis.

The Jazz were stunned by the Grizzlies in Game 1, but Donovan Mitchell returned after that game and gave them the spark they needed.

Mitchell notched 25 points and both Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley produced double doubles as the Jazz win 141-129 in Game 2.

Mitchell topped that performance with 29 points and Gobert dominated in the paint with 14 rebounds as Utah then took Game 3, 121-111.

Memphis, by this point, simply had no answer for Mitchell.

He produced another 30 points and 8 assists as Utah won 120-113 in Memphis, giving themselves an opportunity to clinch the series at home.

They did just that in Game 5 as Mitchell shot 30 points and dished out 10 assists in a 126-110 blowout win that also saw Gobert notch another impressive double double (23 points, 15 rebounds).

Mitchell and Gobert are good to go here, but there are some concerns over Mike Conley (hamstring).

Miye Oni (back) and Elijah Hughes (illness) are also day-to-day on the injury report.

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Utah have been outstanding at home this season and have been dominant hosts against LA in recent years.

Star men Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are on fire and they can take advantage of a Clippers team who may be jaded from that seven-game tussle with the Mavs.

Best Bet: Utah -3.5 Spread @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: +27.5 & UTA -4.5 Donovan Mitchell Points & Spread @193.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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