- The Jazz and Clippers face off in a critical Game 6 on Friday
- LA will be looking to book their ticket to the conference finals with a victory
- Get the odds, preview, injury report, and pick below
It’s do-or-die for the Utah Jazz on Friday night as they head into Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers down 3-2 in the series. Tip-off is scheduled 10pm ET at the Staples Center.
LA pulled off the unthinkable on Wednesday. Without Kawhi Leonard, who suffered a serious knee injury in Game 4, Paul George’s 37 points and 16 boards willed his team to a massive win on the road. Now, they’ll have the chance to close things out on home court.
Jazz vs Clippers Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline||Total at FanDuel|
|Utah Jazz||-1.5 (-108)||-118||Ov 218.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1.5 (-112)||+100||Un 218.5 (-110)|
Odds as of June 17th.
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Mike Conley hasn’t played all series long for the Jazz due to a hamstring injury and his status is very much in question for a decisive Game 6 here. The veteran guard has been sidelined since the last game of the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Superstar Donovan Mitchell was having some clear trouble with that right ankle in Game 5. It’s the same injury that forced him to miss time towards the end of the regular season. He’s listed as questionable for Friday but with their playoff fate hanging in the balance, you’d have to think Mitchell will suit up.
The Jazz say Mike Conley (mild right hamstring strain) and
Donovan Mitchell (right ankle soreness) are questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Clippers in LA.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 18, 2021
Kawhi Leonard is once again out for the Clippers and it’s unlikely he plays again in the series due to an ACL injury. Serge Ibaka underwent season-ending back surgery last week and won’t play again until next year.
Jazz vs Clippers Projected Lineups
|Donovan Mitchell||PG||Reggie Jackson|
|Joe Ingles||SG||Paul George|
|Bojan Bogdanovic||SF||Nic Batum|
|Royce O’Neale||PF||Marcus Morris|
|Rudy Gobert||C||Ivica Zubac|
Will Mitchell be Healthy Enough?
Mitchell had just 21 points in Game 5 which was his lowest-scoring performance of the playoffs so far. But, the right ankle definitely played a part. The 24-year-old lacked the same explosiveness off the dribble that we’re used to seeing and was clearly uncomfortable on several jumpers.
Mitchell has to rise to the occasion on Friday if Utah is going to keep their season alive, but it won’t be easy with a clear health disadvantage.
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 17, 2021
Bojan Bogdanovic was the leading catalyst on Wednesday, posting a team-high 32 points. The Croatian also shot 9-for-17 from three-point range while sinking six of them in the first quarter alone. Rudy Gobert also had a much better performance, posting 17 points and 10 boards.
Utah was solid in the first half but allowed the Clippers to claw their way back into the game in the final two periods. With LA’s entire rotation clicking right now without Leonard, the Jazz needs to lock it down defensively through the entire 48 minutes and also hope that Mitchell can get it going on the opposite end.
The likes of Bogdanovic, Gobert, and Jordan Clarkson, among others, need to produce at a high level again, too. It’s a must.
Playoff P is Here
When the news broke that Kawhi was potentially out for the rest of the playoffs, everyone quickly wrote off the Clippers. Well, Paul George took that to heart and went to work in Game 5.
He continues to prove why the Playoff P nickname is much more suited than Pandemic P, putting together one of the best all-around performances of his postseason career. Aside from the 37 points, PG was thriving as a playmaker and was also a beast on the glass. In the process, he became the first player in franchise history to deliver 35 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists in a playoff game.
However, this was truly a team win. Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris both dropped 20+, while Terance Mann thrived in a rare start. The former Florida State star was very impressive defensively, making life very tough for the Jazz on numerous looks.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 17, 2021
The No. 1 ranked three-point shooting team in the Association during the regular season once again shot well from downtown, posting a 40% clip in Game 5. After heading into the half down by five, the Clips went on a 23-9 run in the third quarter as they led for the entirety of the second half to collect a tough road win.
That’s three losses in a row now for Utah and it’s hard to imagine them suffering another defeat here. While the Clippers have the chance to win the series at home, I think you’re going to see Mitchell have a massive game, despite the bum ankle. This is the difference between going home or forcing a Game 7. It’s crunch time. Take the Jazz to cover the spread.
Pick: Utah Jazz -1.5 (-108)