The Lakers routed the Jazz twice in the first two games of this series but they were just 1-1 against the NBA Playoffs odds. Let’s take a look at the NBA Playoffs betting numbers for the Jazz and Lakers in Game 5.
NBA Playoffs betting has been popular on the Lakers at home throughout the years. Los Angeles has had a lot of success at Staples Center against the Jazz, going 18-2 straight up and 11-7-2 against the spread in the last 20 games. The first two games in this NBA Playoffs betting series saw the Lakers win 113-100 and 119-109 and both games went over the total. In both games the Lakers had big leads that they let get away and it cost them one of the covers in NBA Playoffs odds as they won by only 10 points as an 11 point favorite.
The Jazz have been a poor road team the past few seasons and nothing indicates that is going to change in Game 5 of NBA Playoffs betting. The Jazz just don’t play any defense and that is not the way to win or cover the spread in NBA Playoffs betting on the road. Utah has some talented players like Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer but defensively the Jazz are just not very good.
The Lakers are not great defensively either but they have even more offensive talent than Utah. The Lakers have Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and either player can be a major force in NBA Playoffs betting. The Jazz just don’t matchup well with the Lakers at Staples Center and too often they give up big runs in NBA Playoffs betting. The Lakers are a deserving favorite in NBA Playoffs betting but history has shown if the number gets too high they can be overvalued.
Gamblers that look at totals in NBA Playoffs odds will seriously want to consider the over in this game. The last six meetings between the two teams at Los Angeles have gone over including both of the first two NBA Playoffs betting matchups.
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