Utah Jazz vs LA Clippers
Date and Time: Thursday, June 17,2021 10:00am
Venue: Staples Center
Prediction: LA Clippers
The fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a 26-point Game 3 victory over the Utah Jazz as they look to even their Western Conference 2021 NBA Playoffs series in Game 5 in their match.
The Clippers have never advanced to a conference finals series in franchise history, but appear to be back on track after Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored over 30 points in the same game for the first time this postseason.
Los Angeles has responded well this postseason when pressed into apparent must-win situations. The Clippers roared back from an 0-2 deficit in the first round against Dallas and eventually went on to win Game 7. The Clippers also lost the first two games against the Jazz, but dominated in Game 3, as they led by as many as 28 points en route to a 132-106 win.
Only 13 teams in NBA Playoff history have come back to win a series after losing three of the first four games, so Los Angeles is facing another situation in which a loss would greatly reduce its chances of advancing further in the postseason.