Donovan Mitchell hammers the chest

Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz welcome Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers to town for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday. (Photo by Ringo Chiu / Zuma Press / Icon Sportswire)

  • The Clippers visit the Jazz on Tuesday, June 8 for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals
  • Utah enters as 4-point favorite in game opener
  • Get the odds, preview, injury report and prediction below

The Los Angeles and Utah Clippers kick off their second-round game on Tuesday, with a kick-off set for 10 p.m. ET.

After falling into a 0-2 hole, LA finally rebounded and beat Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks 4-3 in their first series. As for the Jazz, they took care of the Memphis Grizzlies in just five games.

The season series saw Utah take two out of three. However, one of their victories was against a team of Clips that lacked Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Nicolas Batum.

Clippers vs Jazz Odds

Team Broadcast Moneyline Total to FanDuel
Los Angeles Clippers +4 (-114) +138 Ov 220 (-108)
Utah Jazz -4 (-106) -164 A 220 (-112)

Odds as of June 7.

Injury report

For the Clippers, big man Serge Ibaka (full back) has not traveled to Utah with the team and is expected to miss the first two games of the series. He hasn’t played since Game 2 against Dallas. While Ty Lue has gone for a small ball approach in the first round, he will likely turn to Ivica Zubac more frequently to try and contain the enormous Rudy Gobert, who is a force to be reckoned with in painting.

Mike Conley left Game 5 against Memphis last week and was diagnosed with hamstring strain. Unfortunately, it was the exact same injury that caused him to run out of time at the end of the season. He’s now officially out for the series opener at 1:30 p.m. EST, but there is optimism that he will return in Game 2. Expect Joe Ingles to slip in as a starter at the point guard.

Clippers vs Jazz Projections

Reggie Jackson PG Joe Ingles
Paul Georges SG Donovan mitchell
Kawhi Leonard SF Bojan Bogdanovic
Marcus Morris PF Royce O’Neale
Ivica Zubac VS Rudy Gobert

Kawhi in beast mode

While it’s truly impressive that LA is moving back into the Dallas series, Leonard has been the X-factor for his team in avoiding an untimely exit. The Clippers star has lost 73 combined points in the last two games of the first round, including a 45-point performance in Game 6. Kawhi never fails to rise to the occasion when needed and is certainly the main reason for it. which Los Angeles is in the West. semi-finals.

Leonard will need to be at his best again, but the supporting actors need to be more effective. Paul George averaged 23 points per game in the first round, but he only shot 30% from downtown. Outside of this duo, there are only two players with a double-digit point average at the moment.

One key to being competitive in the series will be figuring out how to limit Gobert. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year was successful with the Clippers during the regular season, averaging 14.3 points and 14.7 rebounds in their three meetings.

Zubac is the bigger body to counter the Frenchman, despite Batum having played a lot of the five against Dallas. Another option is DeMarcus Cousins ​​due to his size and strength, but he didn’t even sniff the minutes in the first round.

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Utah looks dangerous

While the Grizzlies aren’t necessarily a formidable opponent, the Jazz have handled them with ease. Quin Snyder’s team lives and dies by the three-way ball and they shot it well against Memphis, draining 40.6 percent of their attempts.

The Clippers, however, were one of the best teams in the league during the regular season to defend the perimeter. They kept their opponents at a 36% clip in depth. LA allowed Dallas to absolutely leave in the first few games of the series, so there is some vulnerability.

Donovan Mitchell has been impressive in his four 2021 playoff appearances after a long stoppage with an ankle injury. The former Louisville star didn’t miss a beat, scoring 28.5 points per game while handing out 5.8 assists. He has the ability to face Kawhi on the offensive side. Expect him to be a very big part of Utah’s success in this game.


The Jazz have had the Association’s best home record this season with a score of 31-5. They frankly aren’t losing at Vivint Arena. While I’m not saying it won’t happen at some point, Utah is going to thrive on the home crowd here and gain the upper hand in Game 1 of the series. Gobert’s success against the Clippers will shine as LA looks to make the necessary adjustments to slow the smothering tower in Game 2.

Picks: Utah Jazz -4 (-106)

Quinn Allen

Sports editor

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