Each team has won a game in this year’s season series. The teams played within a three day period back in December and the Jazz won 102-94 at home in NBA betting while the Lakers won 101-77 in Los Angeles.
Basketball betting scheduling doesn’t do the Jazz any favors in this game. The Lakers are actually going to be the more rested team since the Jazz had to play the Clippers last night in Los Angeles. This has been a home team series as the Lakers own the Jazz in Los Angeles but in Salt Lake City, the Jazz have won seven of the last ten against the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.2 points per game in his career against Utah.
Utah has won three of the last four games at home against the Lakers. Looking at the NBA betting total trends we see a couple of streaks. The last five meetings between the two have gone under but the previous five went over the basketball betting total.
This is the last NBA betting contest before the All-Star break for both teams. The Lakers are still below .500 on the road this season vs. the basketball betting odds. They are 10-13-1 on the road this season in NBA betting. The Lakers are 5th in the league in terms of points per game but they have fallen to 10th in points allowed as basketball betting statistics indicate. Los Angeles is still the best team in the Western Conference but Kobe is banged up and Andrew Bynum is also playing with injuries.
Utah is 18-8-2 at home this season in basketball betting. The Jazz have been very solid at home and other than Cleveland, they may be playing as well as any team in the league of late. The Jazz are 7th in the league on offense and their defense is getting better as they are now 12th in the league as basketball betting stats indicate. It looked for a while like Utah would struggle to make the playoffs this season but now they seem like a solid team in the Western Conference. They may not be able to handle the Lakers in a 7-game series but they have proven in the past they can beat Los Angeles in Salt Lake City.