Gobert-less Jazz Look to Upset Clippers for a Second Time in Game 2

Sunday, April 16, 2017 7:47 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 7:47 PM UTC

Game 2 has been kind to 5-seeds after winning road openers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Can Utah build off their Game 1 upset win over the Clippers with star center Rudy Gobert out due to an injured left knee?

<h2><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/utah-jazz-vs-la-clippers-3189236/" title="Shop Live Odds For This Game">Utah Jazz vs L.A. Clippers</a>  </h2><p>First, the good news for the Jazz: Rudy Gobert has no structural damage to his left knee. The frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year was forced out of Utah’s 97-95 Game 1 victory over the Clippers after just 13 seconds in the first quarter with a hyperextension and bone bruise. The bad news is Gobert’s availability for the rest of the series is in doubt.</p><p>How much will Gobert be missed? Who knows. The Jazz grinded out the Game 1 win despite going off 6-point underdogs at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/" title="Take A Look At SBR's Official Best Online Sportsbooks List">some sportsbooks</a>. It was just their third outright win getting points in L.A. since 2006. Gobert, a top five center, led the league in blocks and was second in double-doubles. Oddsmakers opened the Jazz 7-point pups for Game 2, early adjustments raising the number a half point in the Clip’s favor.</p><p>The difference in Game 1 came from the 3-point area. The Jazz shot 42.1 (8-for-19) from behind the arc with veteran Joe Johnson, who notched the victory with his eighth career game-winning buzzer-beater, sinking 3 of 4 shots. The Jazz put up 25.9 3-point attempts per game, but ranked in the top 10 in efficiency, making 37.2 percent for the year. They are 33-8 SU and 27-12-2 ATS when bettering their opponents from downtown. The Clippers, meanwhile, are 9-12 SU and 5-16 ATS when allowing foes to shoot 40 percent or better from the area. Look for Utah to go back to the area in Game 2.</p><p>The last seven teams to win Game 1 of a 4-5 series as a road dog are 6-1 ATS next time out. The lone blown cover missed by a half point. The Clip should make proper adjustments with Gobert missing, but Utah’s victory instilled a lot of confidence. Minus their best rim protector, look for L.A. to have a better night offensively. Utah will keep it competitive and drive the score up. Over 195.5 is the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Get Free NBA Picks From The Best Handicappers">NBA pick</a>.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://cdn.uat.ms.sbrfeeds.com/redirect-proxy/redirect/?url=http://s3.amazonaws.com/images-production-753931602578/58f4ebca0cdabb00b805b305/original-%5EBBA82696F91B4E33DCB1E5D46AC36B157AEB78CB2273FBB299%5Epimgpsh_fullsize_distr.jpg" style="height:380px;width:380px" /></h2>
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