The Utah Jazz are back on the road against the LA Clippers at Staples Center for Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Clippers are one win away from an opportunity to play in the Western Conference Finals after winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 series lead. On the other side, the Jazz are looking to get back to winning ways after having control of the series early on.
Utah Jazz Preview: How do they respond after losing three straight
The Utah Jazz were one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league during the course of the season, and their reliance on the three was on full display in Game 5. Led by 17 first-half threes, the team struggled to find the bucket in the second half, converting on only 3 of their 24 attempts.
Injuries have been the story of this season and throughout the playoffs so far. The Jazz, like many others, are feeling the injury bug as Donovan Mitchell has not been his normal self since returning from his ankle injury, and Mike Conley has yet to play a game of the series while nursing a hamstring. With the season on the line, there could be a chance we see Conley make an appearance in this contest, even if it’s limited minutes.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the story of Game 5 as he finished with a team-high 32 points in the losing effort. This was a nice sight for the Jazz as he made six threes in the first half. They will be hoping he can carry that into a must-win game.
Los Angeles Clippers Preview: One more win away from Western Conference Finals
The Kawhi Leonard injury left a lot of fear among the Clipper organization and Clipper fanbase as many had given them very little chance to win this series. This is still one of the most talented rosters in the league; despite losing their best player, it was a collective effort that led to an impressive road win.
Reggie Jackson continues to come out of nowhere and produce when the Clippers need him, especially in these big games. Prior to Game 5, Jackson was coming off a 4 point performance and early on struggled in this contest but had a 12 point fourth quarter that helped spark his team to a win. He finished the night with 22 points, while Marcus Morris had 25 points and was impressive on the defensive end.
Paul George was the story of the game as he had 37 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists. Playoff P has been hit or miss in the playoffs ever since leaving Indiana, but he showed out in a big way for his team in the 119-111 win. He has one more game to advance his team, so the Clippers are hoping he can have another performance like this.
Jazz vs. Clipper Betting Lines & Odds
Mybookie has the Jazz as 1 point road favorites with the over/under set at 219 in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Free Betting Pick
The Clippers have been in control of this series since Game 3, and they have the look of a team that is not going to slow down anytime soon. In the absence of Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka, they have had key guys step up and provide solid performances.
The Jazz haven’t played a bad series but have looked a step slow. Donovan Mitchell has struggled as the ankle is not 100%, and the Jazz have struggled in stretches of the game to make threes which was their calling over the regular season.
Despite the Clippers missing Kawhi, this will be another tightly contested contest, and while Utah is a one-point road favorite, this game could go either way. The safe play is taking the Jazz, but I like Paul George and company to close out the series and move on to the Western Conference Finals.