Wednesday’s game (10 PM ET, TNT) featuring the Los Angeles Clippers (#ClippersNation) and Utah Jazz (#TakeNote) could be the last time we see Kawhi Leonard in a Clipps uniform. Utah holds a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semi heading into tonight’s Game 4, where the Jazz are 4.5-point road dogs at press time; they’re also –200 to win this best-of-seven series and send LA packing.
Leonard has one more year on his Clippers contract, but it’s a player option, so there’s a significant chance he would leave LA if they suffer another early playoff exit. The Clippers lost the first two games of this series in Utah straight up and against the spread, the first at +3 and the second as 2.5 point dogs, but they came back to crush the Jazz 132-106 last Saturday as 5-point home favorites. Kawhi led both teams with 34 points, while Paul George added 31.
The Jazz fell in Game 3 despite another extraordinary effort from Donovan Mitchell, who scored 30 points – but also tweaked his ankle in the 4th quarter and did not return. Mitchell says he will be ready for Game 4. Backcourt teammate Mike Conley remains day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. Serge Ibaka is out for Los Angeles after a season-ending back operation.
Who is your pick for tonight?!