Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Match Preview and Predictions - 3rd November 2019
Date and time: Sunday, 3 November 2019, 9:00 pm E.T.
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Last game results
Utah Jazz (4-2): 102-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings (1 November 2019)
Los Angeles Clippers (4-2): 103-97 win against the San Antonio Spurs (31 October 2019)
Utah Jazz preview
The Utah Jazz were one of the most active teams in the off-season. They acquired Mike Conley to fill their void at point guard and also added a sharpshooter in Bojan Bogdanovic, instantly making them one of the dark horses for the championship.
Donovan Mitchell has continued to put up great numbers while Rudy Gobert has also started the season well. The Jazz lost a close encounter to the Sacramento Kings last time around, but despite that defeat, they will be confident of their chances heading into this contest.
Key player - Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell is the most potent offensive option for the Utah Jazz. Mitchell was drafted by the Jazz in the 2017 NBA draft and has shown great progress since then.
Mitchell is averaging 24 points per game on an incredible 52% shooting from the floor. He has got a very good supporting cast this year and is under much less pressure to deliver.
Jazz predicted lineup
Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O'Neale, Rudy Gobert
Los Angeles Clippers preview
The Los Angeles Clippers are the favorites to win it all this season. They have got a great team and have looked dangerous at the start of the season. Paul George is yet to make his debut for the franchise and his return will only make them stronger in the future.
The Clippers have the potential to be the best defensive team in the NBA. Moreover, they also have great shooters and depth in their lineup. Kawhi Leonard has started the season brightly while Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have made their presence felt from the bench.
Key player - Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has looked far and away the best player in the NBA this season. He had a historic post-season with the Toronto Raptors last time around and has continued from where he left off.
Leonard sat out the match against the Jazz due to load management and the Clippers struggled in his absence, falling to a disappointing defeat. However, he will feature in this game and will be expected to dominate on both ends of the floor.
Leonard is averaging 29.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season and is the early-season favourite for MVP.
Clippers predicted lineup
Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Patterson, Ivica Zubac
Jazz vs Clippers Match Prediction
The Clippers have won all their home matches till date and are a force to be reckoned with at the Staples Center.
The Jazz have also looked very strong and even won the previous encounter between the two teams.
Both teams currently have a 4-2 record but home-court advantage could favor the Clippers and I predict them to win in a close encounter.
Where to watch Jazz vs Clippers?
This Western Conference match-up can be seen on FOX Sports, or you can stream it live online with NBA League Pass.Published 03 Nov 2019, 05:00 IST