NBA Playoffs: Round 2 Preview

NBA Playoffs: Round 2 Preview

Jazz (1) vs. Clippers (4)

Series Line: Jazz -139, Clippers +112

Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses (Regular-Season Rank)

Jazz Strengths

  • Offensive Rebounding (5th)
  • Defensive Rebounding (2nd)
  • Limiting Opponent Free Throws (1st)
  • 3P% (3rd)
  • Opponent Mid-Range Shooting % (5th)
  • Opponent 3P% (2nd)

Jazz Weaknesses

  • Forcing Turnovers (30th)

Clippers Strengths

  • 3P% (1st)

Clippers Weaknesses

  • Opponent Long Mid-Range Shooting % (27th)

After a surprising Game 1 loss to the Grizzlies, the Jazz took care of business the rest of the way and won the series in five games. The Clippers' Round 1 series went much differently, as they needed seven games to dispose of the Mavericks, and the only home game that resulted in a win was the decisive final game.

The Jazz got excellent production from nearly the whole team in Round 1, as they shot 49/41/85 against Memphis. Utah had five players score over 17 points per game, and Donovan Mitchell led the team with an efficient 28.5 points and 5.8 assists. Mike Conley was phenomenal, scoring 17.4 points on 47/55/100 shooting and dishing 43 assists to just eight turnovers. Rudy Gobert averaged 17-and-13 with 3.2 blocks on 77.8 percent shooting. The only main battle Utah lost against Memphis was turnovers, where the Jazz handed out 64 turnovers to the Grizzlies' 52.

It should be considered an indictment on the Clippers that they needed seven games to dispose of the Mavericks, who were playing with a less-than-100-percent Luka Doncic for half the series, plus a checked-out Kristaps Porzingis, who averaged just

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