The Lakers are heavily favored in NBA Playoffs odds to dispatch the Jazz in Game 1 and in this series.
NBA Playoffs betting is likely to be very popular on the Lakers in this series against Utah. The Lakers had the best record in the Western Conference at 65-17 and they won the season-series, 2-1 by an average of 13 points per game. Not many NBA Playoffs betting experts give Utah much of a chance in this series particularly in Los Angeles. The Jazz were not a good road team this season, having much of their success at home. Another problem for Utah in NBA Playoffs odds is their defense which ranked 19th in the league. Stopping the Lakers will be a major problem for Utah in this NBA Playoffs betting series. The Lakers have Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and now they have Andrew Bynum healthy again.
Utah can score, ranking 7th in the league led by Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur. Williams averaged 22 points and 12 assists per game against the Lakers this season.
Most of the NBA Playoffs betting numbers favor the Lakers but the Jazz are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The problem for Utah in this NBA Playoffs betting matchup is that they are not playing well lately and they don’t play well on the road. The Jazz are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Jazz are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles.
The numbers in NBA Playoffs odds are pretty good for Los Angeles. The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
NBA Playoffs betting numbers in regards to the total favor the Over. The Over is 7-0 in Utah’s last 7 road games. The Over is 8-2 in Utah’s last 10 overall, 4-1 in the Lakers last 5 vs. the Northwest, and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams. The only number that would point to an Under is that the Lakers are 8-2 to the Under in their last 10 home games.
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