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Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals between Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers is almost here and we expect to see a very exciting series. With that in mind, we have prepared a preview of Game 1 of the Jazz vs Clippers series, including a detailed look at betting lines, odds, and our favorite picks.
Our Top Betting Picks and Tips for Jazz vs Clippers
The two teams have had a completely different first-round series to reach this stage, so it’s hard to predict what will happen now. So, to help you out, we have prepared some of our top Jazz vs Clippers predictions and betting picks for Game 1:
- Spread: Jazz to Win (-3) @ -112 – FanDuel
- Donovan Mitchel Total Points: Over 29.5 @ -105 – BetMGM
- Rudy Gobert Total Rebounds: Over 13.5 @ -134 – BetRivers
Lines and odds are subject to change at any time, so always check them with your bookie before placing a bet.
Jazz to Win on Spread (-3)
The Jazz had a lot of time to rest after eliminating the Grizzlies in five games while the Clippers struggled with the Mavericks. It was grueling series in which the winner had to be determined in Game 7. So, the Clippers enter Game 1 with a big disadvantage on that front, but they will also have a lot of confidence after managing to win the series after going down 3-2. Still, the Jazz are the first seed, they are 2-1 against the Clippers this season and they’ve put up a strong showing in the first round, so our first Jazz vs Clippers prediction is for the Jazz to cover the spread.
Donovan Mitchel Over 29.5 Total Points
After missing a few weeks at the end of the regular season, Donovan Mitchel also missed the first game in the first round of the playoffs, which was the only loss for the Jazz so far. The other four games against the Grizzlies were won rather easily and Mitchel has been great in them. He averaged 28.5 points in just 30 minutes per game, but more importantly, he seemed perfectly healthy. With Conley out for Game 1 against the Clippers, Mitchel will have to pull additional weight on offense. So, our next Jazz vs Clippers prediction is for Donovan Mitchel to score at least 30 points in Game 2.
Rudy Gobert Over 13.5 Total Rebounds
The French center has been one of the league’s best defensive players for the past few years and one of the most dominant rebounders and shot blockers in the NBA. Gobert averaged 13.5 rebounds per game during the regular season, while his average in the playoffs so far is 13 rebounds per game. Since the Clippers don’t have a strong presence under the basket with their starting center being the young Ivica Zubac, our last Jazz vs Clippers prediction is for Gobert to have more than 13 rebounds.
Jazz vs Clippers preview – Can the Jazz take the home-court advantage?
The Western Conference seems completely open now that we’ve reached the semi-finals, with the Jazz and the Clippers bound to start their series on Tuesday evening. So, let’s take a closer look at both teams.
After finishing the season with the best record in the NBA at 52-20, the Jazz have secured the top seed before the start of the playoffs. So, they will have the home-court advantage against any other team in the playoffs, including their next opponent. The Jazz have been convincing against the Grizzlies in the first round, eliminating them in five games. They’ve also gotten their main star Donovan Mitchel back after an injury, but they will be without their starting playmaker Mike Conley in Game 1 of the Jazz vs Clippers series.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have managed to come back from the brink of elimination after going down 3-2 in the first round of the Western Conference against the Dallas Mavericks. In this series, for the first time in NBA history, the first six games have been won by the away team. Luckily for the Clippers, Game 7 has finally brought joy to the home team. Kawhi Leonard was great in the series, especially in the final two games. Once again, the Clippers will be without Serge Ibaka due to injury.
Frequently asked questions for Jazz vs Clippers
When Will the Jazz vs Clippers Series Begin?
The first game of the Jazz vs Clippers series will start on Tuesday, June 8th, at 10 pm ET.
Which Team Has the Home-Court Advantage in the Jazz vs Clippers Series?
The Jazz are the top seed in the West, so they will have the home-court advantage against the Clippers.
What Was the Head-to-Head Score Between the Jazz and the Clippers in the Regular Season?
The Jazz have won two of the three games against the Clippers in the regular season.