The No. 1 Utah Jazz owned the NBA's best record during the regular season but they'll be missing an important piece entering Game 1 of their second-round series in the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. All-Star point guard Mike Conley suffered a mild hamstring strain in the series clincher vs. the Memphis Grizzlies and has been ruled out Game 1 against the fourth-seeded Clippers. Los Angeles, which rallied from a 2-0 series deficit in the first round to outlast the Dallas Mavericks in seven games, dropped two of three meetings vs. Utah this season.
Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. The latest Clippers vs. Jazz odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Utah as a three-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 220.5. Before finalizing any Jazz vs. Clippers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Clippers vs. Jazz spread: Jazz -3
- Clippers vs. Jazz over-under: 220.5 points
- Clippers vs. Jazz money line: Jazz -150, Clippers +130
- LAC: The Clippers have dropped six in a row at Utah
- UTAH: The Jazz are 6-1 against the spread in the last seven games
Why the Clippers can cover
Kawhi Leonard has a reputation of a big-game player, having been twice named NBA Finals Most Valuable Players while leading Toronto (2019) and San Antonio (2014) to league championships. He paced the Clippers in scoring in six of the seven games and became the fourth player in history to score at least 200 points on 60 percent shooting in a postseason series. He averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebunds and 6.5 assists in three meetings against the Jazz.
Complementing Leonard is No. 2 scorer Paul George, who averaged 23.3 points and finished the series against Dallas with three consecutive double-doubles. Los Angeles was the No. 1 team in the league during the regular season, shooting 41.1 from behind the arc, and held Dallas to 29.4 percent 3-point shooting in the last four games. Guard Reggie Jackson scored at least 15 points and hit at least three 3-pointers in his last six games.
Why the Jazz can cover
Even without Conley in the lineup, Utah will not deviate from the plan that produced the best overall record and top home mark (31-5) in the NBA. The Jazz led the league in both 3-pointers attempted and made, and shot 45 percent from distance in the final four games vs. Memphis.
All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell missed the final month of the regular season and was held out of the series opener vs. the Grizzlies due to an ankle injury. He showed there were no ill-effects from the injury by averaging 28.5 points in the first-round series and capping it with two 30-point performances. Utah also features a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year in center Rudy Gobert and the Sixth Man of the Year in Jordan Clarkson, who averaged 18.6 points in the first round.
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