Utah Jazz vs LA Clippers
Date and Time: Sunday, June 13,2021 6 AM IST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Prediction: LA Clippers
The LA Clippers have an uphill task ahead of them after going down 0-2 against the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Semifinals. Tyronn Lue’s men have won just one game at home in the 2021 NBA Playoffs so far but will need to rally the support of fans at Staples Center to bounce back in the series.
The Utah Jazz have made the most of their shooting depth to eke out two crucial home wins against the LA Clippers. They average a 2021 playoffs high 17.3 three-pointers made per game and have dropped 37 treys in the first two matchups of the West Semifinals. With Mike Conley possibly returning in Game 3, that number will only go up.
Jordan Clarkson has been a valuable contributor off the bench for the Utah Jazz and scored 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from deep in Game 2. Bojan Bogdanovic has also done a good job of defending Kawhi Leonard while averaging 17 points across two games.
The LA Clippers were one of the better teams at defending the perimeter during the regular season, but they’ve given up way too many three-point shots during the playoffs. They’ve had some success while employing the zonal defense against the Utah Jazz and may need to use this tactic more often.
Despite not being near their best, the LA Clippers suffered only close losses against the Utah Jazz. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have the potential to play better and if either player is in his element, the task would become that much easier for Tyronn Lue’s unit. The LA Clippers have also found some success with zone defense, so you can expect them to use that to their advantage.
The Utah Jazz have been incredibly good on offense and will only get better after Mike Conley’s return. But Quin Snyder’s men have shown that they too can go through rough patches. They missed 21 straight shots in Game 1 and conceded a 21-point lead in the previous matchup. Expect the LA Clippers to take advantage of the Jazz’s occasional dry runs this time to bring up their first win of the series.