Basketball Betting – 2010-2011 Utah Jazz Preview

The Utah Jazz is considered one of the dark horse contenders in basketball betting to win the NBA title this season.

The Jazz no longer have Carlos Boozer but they do have Al Jefferson and they still have one of the best guards in the NBA in Deron Williams.  The Jazz are not the favorites in the Western Conference in NBA basketball betting since the Lakers are the two-time defending champs but there could be a lot of value on the Jazz this season.

Odds to Win the NBA Title at Sbg global – 35-1
The Jazz are considered long shots to win the NBA title but they do have one advantage that a team like Atlanta or Chicago doesn’t have.  The Jazz really have to get past just the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference while the Eastern Conference has Miami, Orlando and Boston.  Oklahoma City is getting closer to the Lakers but they still may be a year away.  Utah does have some value at 35-1 odds.

Season Win Total 49.5 - This win total could be too low. The Jazz won 53 games last season and yet their win total is lower for this season.  The Jazz might actually be a better team in 2010-2011.

Last Year’s Record –53-29 SU, 49-30-3 ATS
The Jazz were a very good team last season both straight up and against the spread.  Utah simply doesn’t get a ton of attention in NBA basketball betting and they are undervalued.

Projected Starting Lineup
Guard – Deron Williams
Guard – Raja Bell
Center – Al Jefferson
Forward – Paul Millsap
Forward – Andrei Kirilenko

The Jazz did lose Carlos Boozer in the off-season but they replaced him with Al Jefferson. It looks like it could be an even trade-off.  What could really help Utah though is that they can put Jefferson at center and move Paul Millsap into the starting lineup. Now if the Jazz could just get rid of Kirilenko they would be set. The Jazz will be without Mehmet Okur as he recovers from injury but they should be fine with Jefferson at center.  The Jazz have the best point guard in the league in Deron Williams and he should help the Jazz be just as good as they were a year ago in basketball betting. Now if they could just find a way to beat the Lakers.