Just one game on the cards tonight, but SportsTips isn’t taking it lightly. Our NBA experts have studied the matchup to come up with the best NBA picks for tonight’s action.
Will the Utah Jazz be able extend their lead to three games or can the Los Angeles Clippers peg one back? We have everything you need to know before you place your bets tonight, so don’t miss out on tonight’s NBA picks!
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers (Game 3) – 10pm EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers will be hoping that a change of scenery does them wonders after they failed to fire in Utah, with the Jazz taking a commanding 2-0 series lead. Donovan Mitchell has been near unstoppable for Utah and the Clips seem to have no answers through two games, and that is even without Mike Conley in the lineup.
With the Jazz going into halftime with a 13 point lead, Mitchell had 27 of them, putting the team on his back and getting the raucous crowd firing. He finished with 37 for the game, with Utah able to get over the line thanks to an incredible team performance, with four other players scoring 13+.
GM1: 45 PTS, 6 3PT, 53% FG
GM2: 37 PTS, 6 3PT, 52% FGpic.twitter.com/m63w8k5UPo
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 11, 2021
Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to drop in 24, Joe Ingles, who started in place of Conley, had 19, four and four while hitting multiple clutch shots down the stretch and Bojan Boganovic was able to pour in 16 points, all while locking down defensively on Kawhi Leonard. Last but not least, the newly crowned Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, who finished with 13 points and a playoff career high 20 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
The margin only ended up being six points, 117-111, and it could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the exceptional third quarter by Reggie Jackson. Sitting on just five points at half time, Jackson came alive in the third and got LA back in the game, scoring 16 of their 33 points for the period.
Jackson ended with a team high 29 points, with Paul George chipping in 27 but doing so very inefficiently, shooting 44.4% from the field and only 2/6 from deep. This was compounded by Leonard’s quiet night, shooting 47.1% from the field for his 21 points, his lowest tally of the playoffs so far.
Ultimately, Utah blew the Clippers out of the water with three point shooting yet again. LA managed just 11/30 (36.7%) from deep while the Jazz were an incredible 20/30 (51.3%) and that difference showed in the final result. Things should change with the series heading back to Los Angeles, with the Clippers likely to find their shooting form that saw them finish top of the league in three point shooting percentage for the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 25-68 (36.7%) in the paint so far this series, over 20% below their normal %
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— Playoff Miye Oni (2-0) (@NBA_Jeremy1) June 11, 2021
It will be very interesting to see if Conley, who is currently listed as questionable, returns for the Jazz but they may probably play the conservative approach, given their 2-0 series lead. If they do go down that route, the Clippers have to take advantage. Leonard, who dominated the first round when LA had their backs against the wall, needs to step up and we expect him to do so. Utah is an incredible team but if Conley is out and Mitchell is banged up after carrying the load, the Clippers need to strike in game three.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.
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