Kawhi Leonard Out Game 5: Clippers Odds In Flux

  • The Los Angeles Clippers have +250 odds to win Game 5.
  • Kawhi Leonard is listed as out for Game 5 with a knee injury.

LOS ANGELES — Just hours before Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz, the Clippers have announced that Kawhi Leonard will be sidelined with an apparent knee injury for the game and is in doubt for the series as well.

With Leonard now being listed as out, online sportsbooks got to work immediately as they shifted the Clippers odds to win the game from +120 way down to +250.

The Utah Jazz also saw a huge shift in their odds as well going from -140 odds on the moneyline and just 3-point favorites to -300 moneyline odds and 7.5-point favorites.

This is tough news for the Clippers as they are coming off two wins on their home court with all the momentum on their side. Now without Leonard playing, they will have to rely on just Paul George to lead them to a win.

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When playing without Kawhi Leonard this season, Paul George has stepped up having averaged 25.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and 4.4 apg, however, that has not translated to wins though as in the 20 games without Leonard on the floor this season, they have gone 11-9.

Getting into more team splits when playing with and without Kawhi Leonard, it can be made very clear that he makes this team better any time he is on the floor. The Clippers offensive rating on the season sits at 123.2 and takes a dip way down to 112.9 when Kawhi is not playing. Even looking at the opposing teams' offensive ratings when playing the Clippers without Kawhi, they go up to 112.9 from 110.4.

With that being said, bettors can surely take the Jazz’s NBA odds to win Game 5 on their home court with ease and comfort for a nice payout and should do so before the odds get any more expensive.

Looking at the series odds, since opening up the series with +135 odds to win, with Leonard now out, the Clippers odds to win the series have now gone back to +225 while the Utah Jazz went from -160 to -275.

Those looking to follow along with the series can do so on Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. EST on TNT.