Basketball betting success and Utah have long been synonymous as head coach Jerry Sloan continues to produce online basketball betting success no matter who plays for him.
Last year the Jazz finished 53-29 straight up and were one of the most profitable teams in all of pro basketball betting with a whopping 49 payouts, 30 losses, and 3 pushes. The Jazz have had a winning straight up season in 26 of their last 27 years.
As a result of this consistency the Jazz opened at Sports-Gambling as a +4000 choice to win the NBA title.
One major asset that has been a key part of Utah’s success is gone however as Carlos Boozer, a two time All Star, departed for the greener financial pastures of Chicago.
Boozer leaves with a career double average and was the leading scorer with the Jazz last year as he averaged 19.5 points per game while also leading the Jazz in rebounds.
Arriving from Minnesota to hopefully fill the void for Utah is Al Jefferson, who averaged 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game over the past three seasons with the Timberwolves.
Jefferson is reportedly eager to be on the Jazz as he was tired of the losing in Minnesota. He may not quite be of the same pro basketball betting status with fans and handicappers that Boozer is but he is a solid replacement.
Guard Deron Williams, a 5 year guard out of Illinois, averaged 18.7 points per game last year while far and away leading the Jazz in assists with 798. Williams has been praised by many, including Charles Barkley, as one of the premier points guards in the NBA.
Mehmet Okur is another impressive basketball sports betting asset that will make the Jazz a dangerous team. Okur averaged 13.5 points per game and was 2nd on the team for rebounds with 515.
Andrei Kirilenko, a 9 year pro, is a solid small forward to play up front with Jefferson and Okur, and averaged 11.9 points per game last year.