The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers meet in Game 2 Thursday after a thrilling Game 1. The Jazz will look to double their lead in the series while the Clippers attempt to wrestle home-court advantage away from Utah.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Thursday night’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (LAC-UTA).
Which team will cover the spread? Clippers +3.5, Jazz -3.5
The Jazz might be without Mike Conley, but still managed to take Game 1 behind Donovan Mitchell’s 45 points. Expect Mitchell to keep up his play and get some contributions from the supporting cast. Utah is the pick here.
How many total points will be scored? Over/Under 220.5
The teams combined for 221 points in Game 1, making this a tough call. Expect Paul George to shoot better from the floor in Game 2, but the Jazz will keep heaving from deep to make things tight. The over is the play here.
Which team will reach 30 points first?
The Clippers reached this milestone first in Game 1, but that was largely due to Utah missing threes consistently. Expect the Jazz to be better from the floor early on and hit this mark first in Game 2.
Which team will make more 3-pointers?
The Jazz attempted 50 threes in Game 1 while the Clippers put up 42. Expect the volume to be there again in Game 2. It’s a tough call, but Los Angeles is the pick here.
Which player will have more points and rebounds? Paul George or Rudy Gobert
George combined for 30 points and rebounds in Game 1 while Gobert tallied 22. The Utah center is not a big scoring option, so George has the edge in this one.
Kawhi Leonard points, rebounds and assists? Over/Under 40.5
Leonard combined to get 33 points, rebounds and assists in Game 1, but he should shoot better from the floor in Game 2. This is tough number because of Leonard’s ability to explode for 35-40 points on any given night. The over is the better option for Game 2.
Donovan Mitchell points, rebounds and assists? Over/Under 40.5
Like Leonard, Mitchell can wipe out this total entirely by scoring 35-40. He put up 45 in Game 1 and if Conley sits out again, Mitchell will take the bulk of Utah’s shots. I don’t think it’s fair to expect another 40-burger, but the over is the play.
Which team will win the 4th quarter?
The Jazz stormed past the Clippers in Game 1 after an early deficit, but only won the final frame by three points. While Los Angeles will keep things close again, Utah is favored at home. Take the Jazz to win the fourth quarter.
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