The Utah Jazz will look to take the series back to Salt Lake City when they meet the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6. Los Angeles will be without Kawhi Leonard, but Paul George is showing he’s capable of carrying a team in the playoffs.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Friday’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (UTA-LAC).
Which team will cover the spread? Jazz -2.5 or Clippers +2.5
Despite George’s brilliance, the Jazz are the better team overall. The third quarter, and most of the second half, did not go Utah’s way from behind the arc and ultimately was the team’s downfall. Expect the Jazz to shoot more consistently throughout Game 6 and take them to cover the spread.
How many total points? Over/under 220.5
Every game in the series has gone over this line, though there were close calls in Game 1 and 4. Expect the over to hit again in Game 6.
Which team will reach 30 points first?
The Jazz are facing elimination and should come out hot. They got off to a great start in Game 5, but got derailed by one poor shooting quarter. Utah is the safer pick to reach this milestone first.
Which team will hit more 3-pointers?
The Jazz shoot with insane volume and are the safer play here. They got hot in the first half of Game 5 before seemingly forgetting where the basket was after the break. Expect a more consistent performance this time. The Clippers are efficient from deep, but Utah’s volume is too much to overcome.
Who will score more points? Jordan Clarkson or Reggie Jackson
Jackson has been the emerging star of the series for Los Angeles, while Clarkson has been hot and cold for the Jazz. The Clippers will be counting on Jackson to take pressure off George. His newfound shooting ability adds another dimension to his game, making him the better pick here.
Rudy Gobert blocks? Over/under 2.5
Gobert is a defensive force, but the Clippers are playing smaller and trying to space the Jazz out. This is out of respect for the Utah center’s ability to send shots back at the rim, but it also means less opportunities. The under is the safer play in this one.
Which player will score more points, assists and rebounds? Donovan Mitchell or Paul George?
Mitchell and George are the two stars of the series at the moment with Leonard out. Utah’s guard will be looking to show he can carry the franchise in big moments, while George will attempt to prove he’s a true superstar. This will be a close call, but George’s rebounding numbers might be the difference in this one. Take the Clippers forward to edge Mitchell.
Which team will win the 4th quarter?
The Clippers are at home, but they dropped three games in Los Angeles to the Mavericks before finally waking up in Game 7. Utah is an elite home team, but struggled on the road all season. The Jazz are facing elimination and are more likely to make the desperation plays late. Take Utah to win the final period.
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