The Los Angeles Clippers dominant Game 7 win has set them up for a date with the top-seeded Utah Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals.
Utah, led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, hasn’t been looked at as a top team in previous seasons, but WynnBET has the Jazz as slight favorites (-140) to beat the Clippers (-115) and advance to the Western Conference Finals.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Vegas has been hinting that it likes the Jazz to make it out of the West ever since they took down the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.
Utah is the favorite to make it out of the Western Conference (+140) and it has the second-best odds to win the NBA title (+325). Los Angeles, however, is right behind them, as Vegas is predicting that the winner of this series will head to the NBA Finals. The Clippers have +190 odds to win the Western Conference and +425 odds to win the championship.
While Utah may have a more complete team, there is no doubt the Clippers have the best player in this series.
Kawhi Leonard has been on an absolute tear this postseason, and he's averaging over 30.0 points per game while shooting better than 60.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. He’s the first player to accomplish the feat in a series since Shaquille O’Neal in the 2000 NBA Finals.
The difference? Leonard is doing this on much more than just layups and dunks.
The Jazz will have their hands full with Leonard, but the Clippers will also need to figure out their home court issues heading into this series.
Los Angeles lost three of its four home games against the Mavericks in the first round, and the Jazz will not be as easy to take down on the road.
Utah won the season series between the two teams and is an elite team when playing in their home stadium. The Jazz were 31-5 in Salt Lake City this season, so it is unlikely Los Angeles will be able to repeat its road prowess from the first round.
This series is shaping up to be a fun one, but if the Clippers can stay hot from 3 after hitting 20 shots from beyond the arc in Game 7, I like their chances of pulling off the upset.