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West Playoffs Second Round Game 2: Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz Preview, Betting Odds, How to Watch Live


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No matter how the Los Angeles Clippers finish in this series, the same criticism is going to be on them. If they win, they'll be expected to beat the Phoenix Suns or Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. Even if both of those teams are better on paper. If they lose to the Utah Jazz in the second round once again after imploding in the bubble after a 3-1 lead on the Nuggets last year, they'll be calls to blow this team up. Even though Utah is the best team in the West.

Fair or not, that's what happens when you spurn Toronto and Oklahoma City to create a super team in one of the game's biggest markets. Even if your franchise's colors aren't purple and gold.  A lot is riding on this series for the Clips even though they've had really had no history of winning across franchise history and they've had a miserable time as of late getting out of this round. Can Tyrone Lue get this team out of the second round, something his predecessor Doc Rivers could never do with this team? If Game 1 was any indication, that's looking like a large uphill battle.

What TV Channel is Clippers-Jazz on?

Clippers-Jazz will be shown on ESPN at 10:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NBA games on fuboTV.

How to Watch Clippers-Jazz

When: Thursday, June 10
Where: Vivint Arena - Salt Lake City, UT
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NBA free with fuboTV)

Getting out of the first round against the Dallas Mavericks was no easy feat as Luka Doncic looked like the future of the association and pushed LA to the brink. If Doncic had really any other support, the Mavs would already be playing the Jazz and the Clippers might already be blown up. Instead Kawhi Leonard took over like he does so well in the playoffs and saved this teams chances. He averaged 30 ppg on 60 percent shooting in that round and became only the second player this century after Shaquille O'Neal to do that in a playoff series.

But as we saw in Game 1 his heroics simply won't be enough. He "only" scored 23 points in a close loss that came down to a buzzerbeater to tie the game. Paul George has to step up in a bigger capacity especially with Serge Ibaka is out with a back injury. George was 4-17 from the field in Game 1 and you have to wonder if it doesn't happen for the Clips this playoff round, can it ever happen with this lineup?

The Clips are going to need all the firepower they can get because the Jazz have a legit superstar in Donovan Mitchell. He's picking up right where he left off in last year's crazy bubble first-round against Denver when he was dropping 40 points in his sleep ever game. He scored 45 points in Game 1 of this series to overcome a big deficit at halftime. That was all without Mike Conley who the Jazz will still need if they are going to win this series let alone move all the way to the Finals.

With Rudy Gobert still playing his dominant defense winning his much deserved third Defensive Player of the Year Award  and being a vacuum at the boards, the Jazz will be the favorites again at home and no one would blink an eye if Utah was up 2-0 headed back to LA. Gobert just one When you have Jazz part-owner Dwyane Wade on the sidelines giving their superstar advice mid-game, there doesn't seem to be a fathomable way to counter. The Jazz could easily make this a very short series.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Odds

Clippers Odds: +3
Jazz Odds: -3
Money Line: Clippers +130 - Jazz -150
Over/Under: 222.5

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