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The (52-31) and five seed Utah Jazz of the Western Conference Northwest Division are in the “CITY OF ANGELS” for their first round playoff matchup.
Utah will play the (51-31) and number four Los Angeles Clippers of the Western Conference Pacific. Tip-off is 10:30 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The game is on Tuesday. April 18, 2017. The teams will play at Staples Center in beautiful Los Angeles, California.
The best Sports Handicapper believes the Utah Jazz must use the same formula in game two to take a 2-0 series lead. Utah added some experience in the offseason to upgrade their roster. The Los Angeles Clippers are officially in desperation mode.
2017 maybe the last run in a Clippers uniform for free agents Blake Griffin, J.J. Reddick, and Chris Paul.
The Opening Betting Line has the Utah Jazz as an Eight And a Half-Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 196 Points for Tuesday’s Eastern Conference Playoff Game Two contest.
The 2017 Utah Jazz took a 1-0 lead as veteran Joe Johnson hit the winning shot at the buzzer.
Head Coach Quin Snyder understands what is at stake for the franchise and the entire “BEEHIVE STATE.”
The Jazz has been building this team for the past five years.
Drafting player such as All Star Gordon Hayward and signing free agents George Hill, Johnson, and Boris Diaw has also helped bring veteran leadership.
However, the Jazz will be without Center Rudy Gobert, who suffered a knee injury just after the opening tip-off on Saturday.
Derrick Favors is capable of producing in the starting role; the former Georgia Tech scored fifteen points in the game one upset.
Trey Lyles will probably ask to come in and contribute off of the bench.
The key to a Utah victory in game two is to play their style and not get enticed into a fast pace game, which the Clippers want to play.
Bovada.Lv lists the Utah Jazz at 66 to 1 to win their 2017 NBA Playoff opening series.
The Los Angeles Clippers outscored Utah in the first and fourth quarter of their game one matchup with Utah.
However, it was not enough as the Clippers lost 97-95 at home to the Utah Jazz.
Forward Blake Griffin and All-Star Guard Chris Paul scored fifty-one of the team’s ninety-five points.
Center DeAndre Jordan was the only other Clippers player to score in double figures. Shooting Guard J.J. Reddick must find a way to shake defenders and score on open shots.
Head Coach Doc Rivers understands what is at stake for the organization.
The usually productive Jamal Crawford must also step up his game, the Clippers must match the Utah intensity on defense.
However, the key to a Clippers victory is game-two of the series is to play at a faster pace.
Utah clearly outplayed the Clippers, Los Angeles must come ready to compete Tuesday.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2017 Los Angeles Clippers at 50-1 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
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