Utah Jazz guard and Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson is channeling the late Kobe Bryant for Utah’s series with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Clarkson, who played with Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers early in his career, may be repping the Clippers’ rival for a reason ahead of this series.
The Jazz are coming into the series as -135 favorites on WynnBET to beat the Clippers, but they are facing an uphill battle in Game 1 with All-Star guard Mike Conley out of the lineup due to a hamstring injury.
WynnBET has moved the line to just three-points, with the Jazz favored to take Game 1. Clarkson has been a major part of Utah’s success this year, as he had arguably his best season as a pro.
The 29-year-old guard averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3.
A volume scorer, Clarkson has helped the Jazz weather injuries to Conley and Donovan Mitchell and will likely step into a bigger role tonight with Conley out of the lineup.
While the Clippers survived their first round matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, things certainly won’t be any easier against Utah. Clarkson is ready to channel his inner Kobe to win the series, and the Clippers will have to make it a priority to slow him down if they want to win.