Preview: L.A. Clippers At Utah

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Friday, April 28, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Matchup Edge
LAC Edge in: UTA
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The Utah Jazz haven't won a playoff series in seven years and they look to end the drought when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in Friday's Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Jazz hold a 3-2 series lead and are aiming to close out their first postseason series since downing the Denver Nuggets in a first-round clash in 2010.

Veteran swingman Joe Johnson averaged 9.2 points in the regular season but has increased that to 18.2 while leading a young squad toward a second-round clash with the top-seeded Golden State Warriors. "We are kind of growing up in the moment," Johnson told reporters after Game 5. "These guys have never been in this situation. We have to go home with a business mindset and not be overconfident but confident enough." Los Angeles has its back against the wall and being sent home in the opening round would leave a bitter taste in the mouths of players who were predicting a spot in the conference finals. "This team is not going to quit, I can tell you that," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. "You could see it in the locker room."

TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), ROOT (Utah)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Los Angeles was mighty dismayed with the Game 5 showing in which it scored only 58 points through three quarters before succumbing 96-92 on its home floor. "It's no secret our back's against the wall, down 3-2," point guard Chris Paul told reporters after scoring 28 points. "Fortunately we've got a lot of guys in the locker room who had to do this a couple of years ago. We've got to do what we've got to do." The loss of power forward Blake Griffin (toe) was magnified further when Marreese Speights tallied one point while starting in Griffin's place.

ABOUT THE JAZZ: Johnson has been a force in a series in which the Jazz didn't have standout center Rudy Gobert (knee) for nearly all of three consecutive games and All-Star small forward Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) was a non-entity in Game 4 before being sent home at halftime. Hayward was back on his game in Tuesday's victory as he contributed 27 points and eight rebounds while Gobert recorded 11 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. "We have to treat this one as a must-win," Hayward told reporters. "We want to close it out in Salt Lake City. We definitely don't want to come back (to Los Angeles) for Game 7."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz are 5-0 when holding a 3-2 lead in a playoff series.

2. Los Angeles SG J.J. Redick scored 26 points in Game 5 after averaging 7.8 points over the first four games.

3. Utah backup SG Rodney Hood is averaging 17 points over the past two games after averaging eight over the first three contests.

PREDICTION: Jazz 93, Clippers 88

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 53-34 L2 30-14 23-20 8-4 45-30 10-6 33-24
Utah 54-33 W2 30-13 24-20 4-5 50-28 8-8 34-23

Last Meeting

L.A. Clippers Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/25/17 UTA 96 LAC 92 92 34 42.0 96 43 43.2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC C. Paul 28 52.6 4
UTA G. Hayward 27 56.2 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 12 1 11
UTA R. Gobert 11 2 9
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 9
UTA G. Hill 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 1458 49.6 343
UTA G. Hayward 1742 47.3 399
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 1215 322 893
UTA R. Gobert 1110 336 774
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 654
UTA G. Hayward 266

Quickchart Matchup

L.A. Clippers  Off vs  Utah Def
108.1 Points For
96.9 Points Against
47.5 FG%
44.5 FG%
42.7 Reb
40.0 Reb
Utah Off vs  L.A. Clippers Def
100.6 Points For
104.1 Points Against
46.7 FG%
45.4 FG%
40.0 Reb
42.7 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

L.A. Clippers Overall Utah
53-34 W/L 54-33
41-45-1 ATS 40-43-4
46-40-1 O/U 44-43-0
108.1 Pts For 100.6
104.1 Pts Against 96.9
L.A. Clippers A/H Utah
23-20 W/L 30-13
20-23-0 ATS 20-20-3
28-15-0 O/U 21-22-0
107.6 Pts For 101.3
107.9 Pts Against 95.3
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