The Los Angeles Clippers meet the Utah Jazz in Game 4 with the West’s top seed holding a 2-1 advantage. The Clippers rode Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to a massive Game 3 victory and will look to tie this series up Monday night. Donovan Mitchell appeared to aggravate his ankle injury late in Game 3, but should be good to go for a pivotal contest.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Monday’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (UTA-LAC).
Which team will cover the spread? Clippers -4.5 or Jazz +4.5
The Clippers are officially the most confusing teams of the postseason. Leonard and George seemingly choose when they want to show up and when they don’t. Given the stakes, expect another strong performance from both players. Take the home team to cover the spread.
Total points scored? O/U 223.5
After failing to surpass this mark in Game 1, the teams have hit the over in Games 2 and 3. I expect Game 4 to be similar to Games 1 and 2, but both teams are figuring out how to operate offensively. The over is a safe pick in Game 4.
Which team will score 30 points first? Jazz vs. Clippers
The Jazz will look to bounce back after a rough Game 3 loss while the Clippers should show more urgency knowing they are still down 2-1. This will be close, but take the Clippers to reach 30 points first.
Which team will make more 3-pointers?
The Clippers shot the ball really well in Game 3, but the Jazz stayed in that game largely due to the threes they hit. Utah is going to chuck from distance at a much higher rate. Expect them to win this matchup.
Who will score more points? Jordan Clarkson or Reggie Jackson
Clarkson is averaging 18.7 points per game in this series while Jackson is scoring 18.3. The LA point guard has gotten going offensively in the last two games, but Clarkson is the more consistent scorer. Take him to outscore Jackson in Game 4.
Rudy Gober blocks? O/U 2.5
Gobert is averaging 2.0 blocks per game, but the Clippers know better than to test him routinely in the paint. Los Angeles is settling into its offense better and trying to take Gobert’s ability to erase shots out of the equation. Take the under here.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined points? O/U 54.5
The duo scored 62 combined points in Game 3, but it’s unlikely the Clippers put up 132 again in Game 4. Utah should be better defensively and despite being great in Game 3, George has not been a star in the postseason. The line is delicate, but the over should hit barring injuries.
Which team will win the 4th quarter?
The Clippers absolutely wrecked the Jazz in the fourth quarter of Game 3. Los Angeles also scored more than Utah in the last quarter of Game 2. Game 1 went to the Jazz. Take the Clippers to score more in the last period, although that might not mean they win the game.
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