The 2021 NBA Playoffs continue on Saturday night and Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers is the only game on the NBA schedule. The Jazz raced out to a 2-0 lead in the series at home, but now the series heads to the Staples Center in Los Angeles with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. It's a hole that the Clippers have fought out of once already, overcoming a 2-0 deficit against the Mavericks to win in seven games in the opening round.
However, the Jazz are 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six games they're 10-3-1 against the spread in their last 14 versus the Clippers. With home-court advantage, Los Angeles is a five-point favorite in the latest Clippers vs. Jazz odds from William Hill Sportsbook with the over-under listed at 222. Before finalizing any Jazz vs. Clippers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Jazz vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -5
- Jazz vs. Clippers over-under: 222 points
- Jazz vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -200; Jazz +175
- UTAH: PG Mike Conley (hamstring) has been ruled out
- LAC: The Clippers have shot 36 percent in the paint vs. Utah after hitting 60 percent vs. Dallas
Why the Jazz can cover
Utah earned the No. 1 seed in the West with a 52-20 record during the regular season and overcame a Game 1 loss in the first round against Memphis to dispatch the Grizzlies in five games. Now the Jazz have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead getting major contributions from the same guys who helped carry them to the No. 1 seed in the first place.
Donovan Mitchell is averaging 41.0 points per game this series and 32.7 points per game this postseason. Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson is averaging 21.0 points per game and shooting 52.2 percent from the 3-point line while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.0 points and shooting 54.5 percent from beyond the arc this series. With Rudy Gobert providing elite rim protection at the other end as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year yet again, the Jazz are certainly going to be tough to beat if they continue to shoot it this well from deep.
Why the Clippers can cover
The 1-2 punch of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George has carried Los Angeles throughout the season but they have both been outplayed by Mitchell through the first two games. Leonard scored only two of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in Game 2, but the two-time NBA Finals MVP had a pair of 40-point games in the first round while shooting better than 60 percent. He plays his best in the biggest moments, shooting 28 of 40 in Games 6 and 7 to close out Dallas in the previous series.
George has shot better than 45 percent only once in the last six games but he keeps producing, notching his fifth consecutive double-double (27 points, 10 rebounds) while scoring at least 20 points in all nine games this postseason. Starting guard Reggie Jackson was instrumental in erasing the 21-point deficit Thursday by scoring 24 of his 29 points in the second half. Marcus Morris is 1 of 14 from distance in the series after hitting 7 of 9 3-pointers in Game 7 vs. Dallas.
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