2021 NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Jazz odds, line, picks, Game 5 predictions from model on 100-66 roll

For the second series in a row, the Los Angeles Clippers have dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole and now they’ll enter Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals tied at 2-2 with the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, the Clippers will be without star forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) for Game 5 and possibly the rest of the series. Leonard scored 31 points to help lead the Clippers to victory in Game 4 but tweaked his knee on a drive late in the fourth quarter. 

Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET from Vivint Arena in Utah and the home team is 4-0 in this series. With Leonard out, the latest Clippers vs. Jazz odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Utah as eight-point favorites, while the over-under is set at 219.5. Before you make any Jazz vs. Clippers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned almost $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up almost $700 on its top-rated picks this season and entered this week of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on a stunning 100-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Clippers vs. JazzYou can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Jazz vs. Clippers:

  • Clippers vs. Jazz spread: Jazz -8
  • Clippers vs. Jazz over-under: 219.5 points 
  • Clippers vs. Jazz money line: Jazz -345, Clippers +285 
  • LAC: The Clippers are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games 
  • Utah: The Jazz are 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games

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Why the Clippers can cover

After falling behind 2-0, the Clippers have found their rhythm offensively to level the series and Paul George has been essential during the last two games. After going 12-for-35 in the first two games, George is 21-of-44 from the floor and 10-of-20 from the 3-point line, scoring 31 points in each contest.

With Leonard out of the lineup on Wednesday, the Los Angeles offense will undoubtedly run through George but he’ll need some supplementary scoring to keep up with a pretty balanced Utah attack. Marcus Morris is coming off a 24-point performance in Game 4, while Nicolas Batum and Reggie Jackson each had 17 points in their Game 3 win. All three will need to take on bigger roles on that end of the floor if the Clippers want to secure a victory on the road.

Why the Jazz can cover

Utah scuffled during the two games in Los Angeles, but the Jazz are still in a favorable position. In addition to boasting the best win-loss record in the NBA this season, the Jazz were the league’s only team to post top-five marks in offensive rating (116.5 points per 100 possessions) and defensive rating (107.5 points allowed per 100 possessions). 

Offensively, Utah has plenty of shooting, leading the NBA in 3-pointers per game (16.7), and it also put pressure on the offensive glass by grabbing 28.9 percent of its own missed shots. Donovan Mitchell has been electric in the series, averaging 37.3 points per game, and the Clippers haven’t found any answers to slow him down at this stage. 

Defensively, Rudy Gobert anchors an elite group, and the Jazz led the NBA in shooting efficiency allowed this season, including a 50.4 percent clip allowed inside the 3-point arc. The Jazz are also electric at home, finishing with a blistering 31-5 in their home building during the regular season.

How to make Clippers vs. Jazz picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 216 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can get this pick only on SportsLine.

So who wins Clippers vs. Jazz? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Clippers vs. Jazz spread you need to jump on Wednesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks. 

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