Utah Jazz vs LA Clippers
Date and Time: Saturday, June 19,2021 7:30 AM IST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Prediction: LA Clippers
The LA Clippers will have the opportunity to advance to the Western Conference Finals in their match when they host the Utah Jazz in front of a packed Staples Center. Tyronn Lue’s men have done well to win three games in a row to take a 3-2 lead in the series, but it would be foolish to count out the Jazz already.
The Utah Jazz’s dependence on the three-point shot was abundantly clear in Game 5 against the LA Clippers. Their offense was fueled by the 17 treys they drained from downtown in the first half, but they completely fell apart after the break, going just 3-of-24 from deep.
The Utah Jazz are also feeling the impact of injuries. Donovan Mitchell lacked his usual explosiveness on Wednesday and admitted that he was feeling some pain in his right ankle. Mike Conley has missed all five matchups in this series due to a hamstring injury, but he may feature in Game 6 given the do-or-die situation that the Jazz are in.
The LA Clippers were given little chance after news of Kawhi Leonard’s knee injury broke ahead of Game 5. But Tyronn Lue’s men stuck together and put up a complete team effort to pick up an important road win against the Utah Jazz.
The LA Clippers have been in control of proceedings in this series since the opening tip of Game 3 and they don’t seem in the mood to slow down. Other role players have stepped up in the absence of Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka. Ty Lue has also been spot-on with his in-game adjustments.
The Utah Jazz haven’t been bad at all, but their opponents have been one step ahead of late. Donovan Mitchell is their only player who’s been able to penetrate the paint effectively. With Mitchell playing through his ankle pain, shooting a lot of three-pointers has been the Jazz’s primary offensive strategy. The high volume of shots doesn’t necessarily lead to results, as we witnessed in Game 5.