- The L.A. Clippers have taken a 3-2 series lead over the Utah Jazz.
- L.A. is now the betting favorite to win the series at -205 while the Jazz are now the +175 underdogs.
- Paul George led the Clippers with 37 points and 16 rebounds in one of the best games of his career.
Don’t look now but the L.A. Clippers are now the -205 odds on favorite to win their second-round series against the Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, Utah has gone from a -275 before Game 5 to a +175 after it. The Clippers also moved up the championship odds board and are now tied with the Jazz for the third best odds to win the NBA title at +700.
L.A. entered Wednesday’s Game 5 in Salt Lake City as 7-point underdogs in Game 5 and a +230 to win the series after it was announced that Kawhi Leonard would miss the game and probably the rest of the series with a possible ACL injury.
Kawhi Leonard’s knee injury shifted L.A.’s spread from +3 to +7 for Game 5 at Salt Lake City tonight.
After tying up the series 2-2, the series odds for the Clippers and Jazz were nearly even. Now, the Clips are +230 underdogs while the Jazz are -275 favorites to advance. https://t.co/QkljRUeFIp
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) June 16, 2021
But after Paul George’s heroic 37-point effort in Game 5, the Clippers have flipped the odds and have taken a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 to be played at Staples Center.
PG (37 PTS) CARRIES THE CLIPPERS IN GAME 5 😤
L.A. takes a 3-2 lead over the Jazz pic.twitter.com/7Zg5WW1nvr
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 17, 2021
Game 6 will be on Friday at 10:00 P.M. E.T. at Staples Center. The Jazz are currently two-point betting favorites to win Game 6 but the Clippers have covered the spread in their last three games and in five out of their last seven games played in the current postseason.
Playoff P Showed Up For Game 5
Ple ayoff P showed up for Game 5 🥶 pic.twitter.com/99xfymt6QD
— ESPN (@espn) June 17, 2021
George has been ridiculed ever since coining his own monicker, Playoff P, because he’s always disappeared in big games and has failed to live up to playoff expectations. But on Wednesday night, Playoff P finally showed up when it mattered most for the Clippers – in a Game 5 with the series tied at 2 games apiece and Kawhi Leonard out with an ankle injury.
But if you think that PG’s Game 5 performance is the only highlight of his 2021 postseason, you are wrong. That’s because Paul George is playing the best basketball, not just of the year, but of his entire NBA career during these 2021 NBA Playoffs.
George has scored 30+ points in the last three games and has registered at least 20 points in 12 postseason games played so far. During the current playoffs, PG is averaging 25.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game while making 2.3 three-pointers per outing and shooting 46/36/90 %from the floor with a true shooting percentage of 60.2%.
Stepping Up Big Time
22 PTS – 8/15 FG – 3/3 FT
25 PTS – 10/16 FG – 3/4 3PT
They stepped up big time 🔥 pic.twitter.com/dm3JvLilSy
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 17, 2021
But while it was Paul George who was the star of the game, the Clippers couldn’t have won the contest if not for Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris Sr. who stepped up big time for them .
Morris scored 25 points on 10/16 shooting, and 3/3 from downtown. Meanwhile, Reggie Jackson added 22 points while shooting 8-15 from the field, including big baskets during crunch time. Terrence Mann got his first ever playoff start and he delivered 13 points including a key three-point play against Rudy Gobert down the stretch.
Nicolas Batum scored nine points, all from three point distance while also grabbing seven rebounds and picking up four steals. Luke Kennard also made a pair of three-pointers to help the Clippers’ cause. L.A. sank a total of 16 triples on 40 attempts or a 40% three-point shooting accuracy.