The Clippers return back to LA desperate for a win to keep this series alive, and The Wolf expects Paul George to continue to hit the glass hard with some big rebounding numbers this post-season.
Here are The Wolf’s Sunday NBA predictions.
Paul George’s rebounding numbers have been really impressive all post-season, and with how the Clippers’ rotations are looking The Wolf expects another big rebounding game.
PG13 averages 9.2 rebounds in the post-season recording two double-digit rebound games in this series against the Jazz.
Ty Lue has been going small, even when Gobert is on the floor. Marcus Morris is playing the Centre spot who is not a big rebounder, while Nicolas Batum is playing in the four-spot who will be nowhere near the defensive glass. It looks like they’re trying to play more of Ivica Zubac, but he’s foul prone and has to contend with Gobert on the glass each time.
George has cleared 7.5 rebounds in six of his last eight games, and will continue to chase rebounds especially when the Clippers go small. Expect PG13 to make his presence known with the Clippers returning home.
The Clippers got back into the game in Game 2 by playing zone and doubling Donovan Mitchell – someone like Bojan Bogdanovic will be the beneficiary of this.
Bogdanovic hasn’t been putting up huge points numbers with Mitchell back, but he also doesn’t need to create his own shot off the bounce. In his last four games Bogdanovic has made three triples, making three triples in five of his seven games this post-season.
With the Clippers learning a thing or two from their second half defense, it’s vital they win Game 3 to keep this series alive. As a result, it’s highly unlikely we’re going to see them dropping the big in the on-ball screen allowing Mitchell to pull-up off the screen, and we’ll definitely see more zone throughout the game.
With that in mind, Bogdanovic will get plenty of opportunities from deep from the ball swing with all eyes on what Donovan Mitchell will be doing with ball in hand.
Same Game Multi: Reggie Jackson 10+ Points / Paul George Over 7.5 Rebounds / Rudy Gobert 12+ Rebounds / Bojan Bogdanovic 2+ Threes = $4.20