The Los Angeles Clippers have won two straight games against the Utah Jazz, but their chances of winning a third straight game are slim because of some unexpected injury news. Kawhi Leonard suffered a knee injury in Gam2 4 of the second-round playoff series and might be out for the year, so the Western Conference’s top team has an edge now despite its lack of momentum. Let’s go over the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook ahead of tip-off.
Pick ATS: Jazz -7
The Clippers are major underdogs without their anchor and will have to venture back into enemy territory after sweeping the Jazz at the Staples Center. Utah won’t be at full strength without Mike Conley but has managed to secure two wins against Los Angeles at Vivint Arena. Utah will need to decide between starting Ivica Zubac and doing away with its latest small-ball lineup or swap Leonard for Terance Mann or Luke Kennard. Both options are significant downgrades, so the Jazz should regain control of the series with its biggest win yet. The Clippers are 11-9 without Leonard this season and scored just 109.7 points per game in games he was absent for. That figure would’ve made Los Angeles a bottom 10 offense during the regular season.
Player Prop: Paul George O30.5 points (+100)
George has scored 31 points in two straight games and will have to carry more of a scoring load without his co-star. While it’ll be much harder for him to score on the opposition’s court, he’s found his confidence and has shot 47% from the field and 50% from three in his last two outings. As a result, George should take over unless Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson unexpectedly have breakout performances.
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