The fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a 26-point Game 3 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday as they look to even their Western Conference 2021 NBA Playoffs series in Game 4 on Monday night. 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. The Jazz and Clippers are among the betting favorites to win the 2021 NBA Finals, coming in at +350 and +900, respectively, in the latest 2021 NBA Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook.
Tip-off of Game 4 is set for 10 p.m. ET. The latest Clippers vs. Jazz odds from William Hill list Los Angeles as a five-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 223.5. 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: 223.5 points
- Jazz vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -200; Jazz +175
- UTAH: Donovan Mitchell has three 45-point playoff games, third-most among active players.
- LAC: Kawhi Leonard has averaged 30.3 points per game in the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
Why the Jazz can cover
Mitchell is averaging 37.3 points per game so far in the series vs. Los Angeles. He scored 30 points in 32 minutes in Game 3 before he tweaked an ankle in the fourth quarter. He is expected to play on Monday. Mitchell has averaged 28.5 points in his first 30 career playoff games, the second most through 30 games among active players. He's helped soften the loss of Mike Conley, who will miss his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury.
Through the first three games of the series vs. the Clippers, Rudy Gobert has 42 rebounds, 35 points and six blocked shots. He has shot 56.8 percent from the field. He led the NBA in field-goal percentage (.675) and blocked shots (2.7) during the regular season. The Jazz made 19-of-44 3-point attempts in Game 3. Utah also made 20-of-39 3-point attempts in Game 1, tying a franchise record for most 3-pointers made in a playoff game.
Why the Clippers can cover
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.
George, who finished with 31 points, was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc in Game 3, and Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum each scored 17 points and combined to make 9-of-12 3-point attempts. It was just the fourth time in franchise postseason history that the Clippers shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range on a minimum of 20 attempts. Leonard finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds. He has scored 30-plus points four times during the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
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