Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 6/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+2)
Vivint Arena is the venue where and the Utah Jazz (52-20) will take on the Los Angeles Clippers (47-25) on Wednesday in Game 5 of their series. The series is tied 2-2. The line on this game has Utah as 2-point favorites. The over/under opens at 223.5.
The Clippers earned the victory with a final of 118-104 in Game 4. Los Angeles ended with a 46.8% field goal percentage (36 out of 77) and knocked down 15 of their 37 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Clippers made 31 of their 38 shots for a percentage of 81.6%. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned 44 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 19 assists for the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to defending, Los Angeles allowed 42.9% from the field on 33 out of 77 shooting. Utah dished out 19 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. In addition, Utah collected 39 rebounds (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Utah finished the game shooting 80.8% from the free throw line by knocking down 21 of their 26 attempts. They also made 17 of their 42 tries from long range.
Paul George is one guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He racked up 31 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 40:14 minutes and also pulled down 9 boards. George walked away from this one shooting 45.0% from the field and also totaled 4 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Clippers was Kawhi Leonard. He snagged 7 rebounds in his 34:18 minutes on the basketball court. He shot 47.4% from the floor in this matchup via 9-of-19 (31 points). At the conclusion of this game, Leonard earned 3 assists.
Los Angeles heads into this matchup with a mark of 47-25 so far this year. They average 114.0 pts per contest (10th in the NBA) while connecting on 48.2% from the floor. The Clippers are shooting 41.1% on shots from downtown (1,027 of 2,498) and 83.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is snagging 44.2 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,756 assists this season, which is 17th in the league in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.2 personal fouls per contest. Defensively, the Clippers are able to force 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.1 fouls. They currently rank 3rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,650 surrendered so far this year. The Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 46.4% (925 of 1,303) and they concede 41.2 rebounds per game as a unit. They give up 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 4th in the league in PPG allowed (107.8).
In their Game 4 loss, the Jazz pulled down 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 39 for the contest. They also turned it over 11 times, while recording 4 steals in the game. The Clippers earned 24 personal fouls in this contest which took the Jazz to the free throw line for 26 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throws for a rate of 80.8%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Utah made 17 of their 42 attempts (40.5%). When the game finished, the Jazz ended up going 33 for 77 from the field which had them shooting 42.9%. The Jazz allowed the Clippers to convert 36 of 77 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.8% in the game. They shot 40.5% from beyond the arc by going 15 out of 37 and ended up shooting 31 out of 38 from the free throw line (81.6%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Utah allowed Los Angeles to grab 44 in total (10 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Jazz for this game. He knocked down 9 out of 26 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 34.6%, and totaled 5 rebounds. Mitchell earned 37 points in his 39:40 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes for the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Utah was Joe Ingles. He ended up finishing with 3 dimes in 27:26 mins on the court, and he knocked down 7 out of 9 from the floor. Ingles wrapped this one up going 77.8% from the floor and also collecting 19 points and 3 total rebounds.
Utah has a mark of 52-20 on the campaign. The Jazz commit 18.5 fouls every game and they connect on 79.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.7 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per contest. Utah has tallied 8,382 points on the season (116.4 per contest) and they grab 48.3 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Jazz are hitting on 46.8% from the floor, which is 16th in the NBA. The Jazz defensively are ranked 3rd in basketball in points allowed per contest with 107.2. They have surrendered 22.3 dimes and 42.6 boards every game, which ranks them 1st and 7th in basketball. The Utah defense gives up 34.1% on three-point shots (783 of 2,293) and their opponents are connecting on 76.8% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.7% from the field (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+2)
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