NBA 2021 Playoffs Betting: Western Conference Matches to Wager On June 2nd
On Wednesday night, we’ll see two playoff games involving Western Conference teams. The Utah Jazz will look to close out their series at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Clippers will host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of their series. Let’s take a look at each of these important games so you can set down your bets against their NBA Playoffs odds.
NBA 2021 Western Conference Matches Betting Analysis for Wednesday, June 2
Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz
The Grizzlies stunned the Jazz in Game 1, but since then, the Jazz have won three straight and are looking to end the series on Wednesday night in their home arena. The Jazz struggled late in Game 4, but Mike Conley hit a pair of big three-pointers to give the Jazz a 120-113 victory and a 3-1 lead in the series.
Donovan Mitchell’s return in Game 2 of the series was a huge spark for the Jazz. Mitchell had been cleared to play in Game 1 after missing numerous games due to an ankle injury. The Jazz held Mitchell out for precautionary reasons, and Mitchell was incensed. Many feared that this turmoil would hinder the Jazz’s chances at winning the series, but Mitchell put Game 1 behind him and has been great throughout the series.
Utah’s offense has been stellar in this series. The Jazz are averaging just over 121 points per game. Mitchell & Jordan Clarkson have been huge for the Jazz in this series. On the other side, Ja Morant has shown everyone that he will be a great player in the league for many years to come. He’s averaging over 33 points per game in this series.
Memphis is the youngest team in the playoffs, and they’ve shown that they’re a team to be reckoned with in the future, but right now, it looks like the Jazz are the better team.
Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Clippers
This series has totally done a 180. In the first two games, the Clippers looked shell-shocked as the Mavericks took a commanding 2-0 lead on the road. In Games 3 & 4, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George put the Clippers on their backs, helping Los Angeles to take the next two. Game 5 will be at the Staple Center, as the Clippers will look to ride their momentum into another victory.
We’re unsure of Luka Doncic’s status for Game 5. Doncic suffered a neck strain in Game 3, and it looked like it was really bothering him in Game 4. The Mavericks say that it is improving, but it could be a huge hindrance to Doncic if he does play in Game 5.
With Doncic being injured and the Mavericks missing a majority of their perimeter shots, they have looked overmatched in the last two games. Defensively, they’ve also struggled, so unless things change in Game 5, Dallas could be in trouble.
Leonard and George stepping up have been huge for the Clippers. Another change that they made in Game 4 that helped was going to a smaller lineup. Doncic was abusing Ivica Zubac on the pick and roll, so the Clippers inserted Nicholas Batum into the starting lineup, and he did a much better job of stopping Doncic.