Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 6/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+3)
The Utah Jazz (52-20) play the Los Angeles Clippers (47-25) at Vivint Arena on Tuesday in Game 1 of their series. Utah opens this game as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 221.
The Los Angeles Clippers played the Dallas Mavericks and earned the victory with a final of 126-111 in Game 7 of their first round series. Los Angeles finished the contest with a 50.0% FG percentage (41 of 82) and made 20 out of their 43 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Clippers converted 24 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they compiled 35 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 assists for this contest while forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In the matter of the defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 49.5% from the floor on 45 of 91 shooting. Dallas dished out 22 assists and had 4 steals for the contest. Additionally, Dallas collected 47 boards (16 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Dallas ended up shooting 64.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of their 17 attempts. They also made 10 of their 36 shots from beyond the arc.
Kawhi Leonard is someone who had an impact for this game. He had 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting. He played for 42:04 minutes and collected 10 rebounds. Leonard finished 66.7% from the field and dished out 9 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Clippers was Marcus Morris. He collected 5 rebounds in his 30:12 minutes on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 53.3% from the field for this game by hitting 8-of-15 (23 points). At the conclusion of this game, Morris earned 2 assists.
Los Angeles enters this matchup with a mark of 47-25 on the year. They average 114.0 points per contest (10th in basketball) while going 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 charity stripe. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 44.2 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,756 assists on the year, which is 17th in the NBA in terms of passing. They cough up possession 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Clippers are forcing 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.1 personal fouls. They currently rank 3rd in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,650 surrendered on the campaign. The Clippers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.4% (925 of 1,303) and they relinquish 41.2 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 35.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 4th in basketball in opponents PPG (107.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Utah Jazz went home victorious with a score of 126-110 when they faced the Memphis Grizzlies to close out their series in 5 games. The Jazz earned 40 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 51 for this contest. They turned it over 14 times, while earning 10 steals for this game. The Grizzlies committed 12 fouls for the contest which took the Jazz to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 91.7%. When discussing shots from beyond the perimeter, Utah converted 17 of their 44 tries (38.6%). In all, the Jazz finished the game shooting 49 out of 95 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.6%. The Jazz allowed the Grizzlies to convert 44 out of their 95 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.3% for the matchup. They went 35.9% from 3-point land by going 14 out of 39 and ended up going 8 out of 9 from the free throw line (88.9%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Utah permitted Memphis to get 39 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Donovan Mitchell ended up having an impact for the Jazz in this contest. He converted 11 out of 16 in the game for a field goal rate of 68.8%, and had 6 rebounds. Mitchell earned 30 points in his 29:25 minutes on the court and accounted for 10 assists for the contest. Another guy that was important for Utah was Rudy Gobert. He walked away with 2 assists in his 33:23 minutes on the court, and he shot 10 of 13 from the floor. Gobert ended the game having shot 76.9% from the field as well as contributing 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss record of 52-20 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Jazz are shooting 46.8% from the field, which is 16th in the league. Utah has totaled 8,382 points for the season (116.4 per game) and they grab 48.3 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 23.7 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per game. The Jazz are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls every game and they shoot 79.9% from the charity stripe. The Jazz on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 107.2. They surrender 22.3 dimes and 42.6 rebounds per game, which ranks them 1st and 7th in basketball. The Utah defense concedes 34.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (783 of 2,293) and their opponents are making 76.8% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.7% from the field (2nd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah (-3)
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