Clippers vs Jazz and Celtics vs Bulls Game Six

Clippers vs Jazz and Celtics vs Bulls Game Six

Will the Clippers make it out of Utah with a win in Game 6 or will they be eliminated? Can the Bulls win in Beantown? Keep reading for my NBA conference playoffs first round picks.

NBA Conference Playoffs First Round Picks

  • What: Game Six Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz
  • When:  Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:30 PM ET
  • Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Spread: Jazz -5.5
  • Over/Under: 192.5

Betting on the Clippers?

Chris Paul will give a last-ditch effort to keep the Clippers in competition. But, being too reliant on Paul gives Utah a distinct advantage to win the game.

Blake Griffin’s injury in Game 3 is another factor working against the Clips. However, guard Austin Rivers might be able to step up as he did in Game 5 to overcome Griffin’s absence.

Keeping LA in the game will take a massive effort from Paul. If not for Paul, the Jazz would have probably gone on a scoring spree in Game 5. At one point, in fact, Utah led the game by 11 in the fourth quarter before Paul tied the game at 69.

The home loss was tough. But, winning in Salt Lake City will be tougher as limited as the Clippers are in key positions. LA has trouble scoring consistently and seems to struggle without Paul setting up the offense.

Betting on the Jazz?

To win the game, Game 6 saw six players score in double figures. Utah’s hustle proved too much for Chris Paul and the rest of the Clippers to keep up with.

Gordon Hayward led the way with 27 points, but it took Joe Johnson, who was open in the last play of the game, to make the game-winning shot. Another notable was Iso Joe who hit a couple of big shots in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 21.0 points on 60.0 percent shooting in the three Jazz victories in this series.

Utah also outclassed LA inside the paint and below the rim. The Jazz outrebounded LA 50-44 and outscored them 34-28 in the paint.

Game Pick: Utah wins the series.

  • What: Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls 
  • When:  Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: United Center – Chicago, Illinois
  • Spread: TBD
  • Over/Under: TBD

Betting on the Celtics?

The Celtics are back on track now that they lead the series 3-2. Boston won Game 5. 108-97 playing to a disciplined style that overwhelmed Chicago.

Boston’s losses of the first two games at home is now in the history books. The Celtics have since adjusted, especially on defense, and have found the way to keep the Bulls scoring below 100 points over the last three games.

Isaiah Thomas continues to be the Celtics leading scorer, averaging 25 points per game in the series. But, they also seem to have found a way to move the ball better to find open shot opportunities.

Betting on the Bulls?

Without Rajon Rondo, the Bulls seem to have fallen in disarray. Though Dwayne Wade gave a great effort in Game 5 (26 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, it still wasn’t enough to take the loss.

Chicago’s loss in the last game came down to bad ball handling. The Bulls turned the ball over 16 times which turned into 23 Celtics points.

Jimmy Butler went 6-for-15 for 14 points in the last game. If the Bulls are going to extend the series, the entire bench will have to give an all-out effort to pump up scoring.

Game Pick: Chicago wins.

 
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