The Jazz-Clippers game 5 odds are live at BetRivers.com and the big story is the injury to Kawhi Leonard that will keep him sidelined for Game 5 tonight. The Jazz opened as 3-point favorites, but since the undated injury report on Leonard was released, the line has ballooned to -7. Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to break down the Jazz-Clippers Game 5 odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com. If you are new to online sports betting, you should read our predictions to get ready to win your first bet.
And you thought that Kevin Durant going supernova was going to be the wildest part of the NBA Playoffs this week.
L. O. L.
After waking up on Wednesday morning to the news that Chris Paul has been put into health and safety protocols, we found out that LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has reporting suffered an ACL injury and is out indefinitely. That, you might imagine, will change some things.
So let’s start there.
Before getting to the Jazz-Clippers Game 5 odds, here is a look at the Jazz-Clippers series outcome odds.
- To Advance: Jazz -360, Clippers +275
JAZZ-CLIPPERS GAME 5 ODDS: BETTING PREVIEW
#4 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2-2) at #1 UTAH JAZZ (2-2)
GAME 5: Wednesday, June 16. 10:10 p.m. ET. TNT
MONEYLINE: Jazz -286 ML, Clippers +230 ML
SPREAD: Jazz -7
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The Clippers looked like they had taken complete control of this series. They had dug themselves another 2-0 hole, but that was mostly a result of Donovan Mitchell going bonkers in Games 1 and 2 at home. The Clippers, on the whole, had looked the better team, and once they got back into their building, started sending two men at Mitchell defensively and saw Marcus Morris start to make some shots, they started winning.
Here’s the problem that they are going to face: The reason that they are successful is that they can play small. The lineups with Kawhi, Paul George, Nic Batum, and Morris have been a nightmare for the Jazz to deal with given that they have to play Rudy Gobert. Combine that with the fact that the Clippers can make a concerted effort at getting the ball out of the hands of Mitchell, the only creator for Utah, with Mike Conley out, and this was just an ugly matchup.
But that all changes without Kawhi.
Now, the Clippers are going to have to win at least one road game against the best team in the NBA without a top-five player in the league. They are going to have to trust Playoff P to get it done for them, and if there is one thing that we have learned about PG13 in the postseason, it’s that his performances are rated R for Really Bad. (Like this joke.)
The line has already moved from Utah (-3) to Utah (-7) since Kawhi was ruled out, and I still want to be on the Jazz. I also like the under. The over is 3-1 in this series, but one of those wins came by 0.5 points. With Leonard out, all of those mismatches that created so many open shots will go away.
JAZZ-CLIPPERS SERIES SCHEDULE:
Game 1: Jazz, 112-109
Game 2: Jazz, 117-111
Game 3: Clippers, 132-106
Game 4: Clippers, 118-104
Game 5: Clippers at Jazz. Wednesday, June 16. 10 p.m. ET. (TNT)
Game 6*: Jazz at Clippers. Friday, June 18. TBD (ESPN)
Game 7*: Clippers at Jazz. Sunday, June 20. TBD.