It’s been seven long years, but the Utah Jazz have a chance to win a rare playoff series and can end the drought vs the Los Angeles Clippers in Friday’s Game 6.
The Utah Jazz team is exploiting the absence of Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin as they’ve managed to snatch one more road win on Tuesday in Game 5 and get one step closer to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The Clippers are obviously having trouble adapting but they don’t have any more room for mistakes. The Game 6 is scheduled for Friday, April 28th at 10:30 PM ET.
Oddsmakers opened the Clips as 5.5-point road underdogs with a total of 193.
Gobert missed three games after going down in Game 1 but has since returned to his normal self, while Hayward was once again a force in Game 5 thanks to 27 points and eight rebounds. Hayward was a non-factor in Game 4 after being sent home at halftime with food poisoning.
The Clippers had their sights set on a berth in the conference finals, however an injury to star power forward Blake Griffin had many pundits writing them off altogether. Los Angeles was dismayed in a Game 5 showing which saw the Clips score only 58 points through three quarters before falling 96-92 on their home floor. Chris Paul did his part to the tune of 28 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Seen in numbers, game 6 looks like this:
The total has gone OVER in seven of the Clippers’ last nine games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in the Jazz’ last four games at home.
The Clippers are 20-5 SU in their last 25 games against the Jazz.
While Utah boasts big names like Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert, it’s been the wily veteran Joe Johnson who’s had the biggest impact in the first round. Johnson, who averaged 9.2 points in the regular season, has increased that number to 18.2 including game-winning shots in Games 1 and 5. As a franchise, the Jazz are a perfect 5-0 when holding a 3-2 lead in a playoff series.
The Jazz have a great recent history of producing as favorites, going 8-0 SU in their past eight when labeled as chalk. Utah is also 10-1 SU in its last 11 games in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Jazz bring a 54-33 record (41-43-3 ATS) to the battle against the 53-34 Los Angeles Clippers, who are 41-45-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Utah Jazz go 44-43 so far and the Los Angeles Clippers go 45-41-1.
Offensively the game matches up Utah’s No. 28-ranked offense (100.61 PPG) against a Los Angeles Clippers defense that ranks No. 11 at 104.07 PPG. The Utah Jazz have averaged 46.69% from the field per game, less than the Los Angeles Clippers have managed so far this NBA season (47.54% on average). Betting odds for game 6 of NBA playoffs are here, sign up now at Heritagesports