Preview: L.A. Clippers At Utah

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Friday, April 21, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Matchup Edge
LAC Edge in: UTA
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The Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz finished neck-and-neck in the Western Conference race and have put forth one of the tightest first-round playoff series so far. Both teams will try to get a leg up when the series shifts to Salt Lake City for a critical Game 3 on Friday night.

After losing on a buzzer-beater in Game 1, the Clippers started fast en route to a 99-91 victory in Tuesday's Game 2, evening the series at a game apiece and establishing themselves in the paint. "We had a couple of days being pretty pissed off," Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin told reporters after scoring 24 points. "Our spirit [tonight] was great." Griffin helped fuel the interior dominance that led to a 60-38 scoring advantage in the paint and a 47-39 edge on the glass as the Clippers exploited the absence of Jazz center Rudy Gobert (knee), who remains questionable. "They raised their level tonight," coach Quin Snyder told reporters. "We didn't necessarily back down but I thought they played with an intensity and a level from the beginning of the game. It was impressive. That's who they are. That's what we expected. We've got to raise our level."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), ROOT Rocky Mountain (Utah)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Center DeAndre Jordan had his share of issues with Gobert and the Jazz during the regular season but took control of the shorthanded Jazz in Game 2, recording 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 15 rebounds. "We can't worry about one person, and I don't think my job changes if he's playing or if he's out," Jordan told the media. Point guard Chris Paul figures to be successful regardless of who is on the court and he is averaging 23 points, 10.5 assists and three steals while shooting 55.9 percent from the floor in the series.

ABOUT THE JAZZ: Utah fell behind early in Game 1 and was outscored 29-18 in the first quarter in Tuesday's loss, a trend it wants to reverse at home. "The first quarter is what really got us, and they hit us a little bit, set us back in Game 1, as well," forward Gordon Hayward told reporters following a 20-point effort. "We definitely have to be better in the first quarter, but besides the first quarter we played them pretty even." Veteran swingman Joe Johnson, who hit the game-winner in Game 1, added 13 points off the bench and forward Derrick Favors also finished with 13 while starting in place of Gobert.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Clippers won nine in a row at Utah before falling 114-108 in Salt Lake City on March 13.

2. Favors has made 12-of-17 shots in the series.

3. Los Angeles SGs J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford combined to shoot 12-for-37 from the field - including 1-for-14 from 3-point range - in the first two games.

PREDICTION: Clippers 101, Jazz 99

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 52-32 W1 30-13 22-19 8-4 44-28 10-6 32-22
Utah 52-32 L1 29-12 23-20 4-5 48-27 8-8 32-22

Last Meeting

L.A. Clippers Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/18/17 UTA 91 LAC 99 99 39 52.4 91 33 45.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 24 52.4 1
UTA G. Hayward 20 33.3 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 15 3 12
UTA D. Favors 7 1 6
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 10
UTA G. Hill 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 1447 49.6 343
UTA G. Hayward 1672 47.0 384
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 1180 313 867
UTA R. Gobert 1086 332 754
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 623
UTA G. Hayward 258

Quickchart Matchup

L.A. Clippers  Off vs  Utah Def
108.4 Points For
96.8 Points Against
47.6 FG%
44.4 FG%
43.0 Reb
40.2 Reb
Utah Off vs  L.A. Clippers Def
100.5 Points For
104.1 Points Against
46.6 FG%
45.2 FG%
40.2 Reb
42.9 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

L.A. Clippers Overall Utah
52-32 W/L 52-32
40-43-1 ATS 38-42-4
44-39-1 O/U 42-42-0
108.4 Pts For 100.5
104.1 Pts Against 96.8
L.A. Clippers A/H Utah
22-19 W/L 29-12
19-22-0 ATS 19-19-3
26-15-0 O/U 19-22-0
107.7 Pts For 101.1
108.0 Pts Against 94.8
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