With 10 lead changes and seven ties, Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz on Tuesday was a rollercoaster of a series-opener that saw the home Jazz erase a 14-point second-half deficit to ultimately prevail 112-109. Donovan Mitchell exploded in the second-half, scoring 32 of his 45 points in the final two quarters to put the West’s top seed up 1-0 in the series.
With Game 2 now on the horizon, let’s take a look at the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook ahead of tip-off.
Pick ATS: Clippers +3 (-109)
L.A. had their struggles offensively in Game 1 but were still only a few bounces away from outright stealing homecourt advantage from the outset. The Clippers collectively shot just 42.4 percent from the floor with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 23 points to go along with his seven rebounds. Both Paul George and Marcus Morris Sr. finished with respective sub-30 percent shooting efforts despite taking at least 14 shot attempt but Luke Kennard came in hot off the bench, burying four threes in just over 29 minutes of action.
In fact, the Clippers’ bench significantly outscored the Jazz bench 42-23 in Game 1. If they can continue to get that level of production while getting better shooting performances from both George and Leonard, L.A. will be primed to head back to the Staples Center with things nodded 1-1.
Player Prop: TBD
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