The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim with tips for a clash between Western Conference contenders the LA Clippers and Utah Jazz.
13:00 (AEDT), Mon 4th Nov @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 200: Jazz 116 V Clippers 84
Last meeting: October 31, 2019: Jazz 110 d Clippers 96 at Vivint Smart Home Arena
Final Thoughts: The hotshot LA Clippers are aiming to reverse their heavy road loss to the Utah Jazz just four days ago.
The Jazz carved out a 110-96 victory in Salt Lake City, largely thanks to a dominant 38-20 third quarter. Veteran recruit Mike Conley went off for 29 points and 5 assists, while Donovan Mitchell put up 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lou Williams (24) top-scored for the Clippers in a rare start.
But the Clippers tactically rested Kawhi Leonard for that game. The player regarded by many as the best in the NBA will be on deck for this Staples Center showdown.
The Clippers are 4-2 after responding to their loss in Utah with a 103-97 home win over the Spurs the next day. A refreshed Leonard posted 38 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jazz are also 4-2, but their three-game winning streak ended with an agonising 102-101 away loss to the Kings. Big man Rudy Gobert (15 pts, 16 reb) was a standout for the vanquished Jazz.
Jazz call the tune in Clippers rivalry
Utah won the teams’ 2017 First Round playoffs series 4-3. Since then, the Jazz have won six of eight regular-season encounters with the Clippers.
Last season’s two clashes at Staples Center were split one apiece. The Jazz romped in 129-109 in January before the Clippers pulled off an overtime victory in April.
The Clippers are 3-0 at home so far; the Jazz are 1-2 on the road.
Kawhi Leonard makes the Clippers a far different proposition and they should square the season ledger against a Jazz line-up that doesn’t have a similar dominant individual.
The Clippers are ranked second in the NBA offensively, with the Jazz 23rd. But the Jazz’s top-ranked defence should prevent a blowout.
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