NBA basketball playoffs action always comes hot and heavy from the public on LA. The masses never mind making overlays against the NBA playoffs odds with the Lakers. The Utah Jazz are the ultimate example of a team that “limped in” to the NBA basketball playoffs.
Utah finished with an overall record of 48-34 straight up but was just 39-43 against the spread. They also look like a team that will struggle on the road against the NBA playoffs odds as they were just 17-24 against the spread in away games this year. The Jazz enter NBA basketball playoffs action with ZERO momentum.
From March 11 through the end of the regular season Utah was a most alarming 4-14 against the spread. The Jazz were originally well positioned for a middle seed in the NBA basketball playoffs before this collapse, which put them in the worst possible position for the NBA basketball playoffs.
Utah was a solid road team on the over/under board as just 16 out of their 41 road games went under the total. Mehmet Okur led the Jazz in scoring with an average of 17 points per game. Deron Williams had a most impressive 10.7 assists per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers enter the NBA basketball playoffs as the clear cut favorite in the western conference, which they won with a 10 game advantage over second place Denver in the regular season. The big question, as always, regarding the Lakers is how much board value they will offer in the NBA basketball playoffs.
The Lakers get too much “love” from the gambling public which consistently drives down their overall board value in the NBA basketball playoffs. LA was just 20-21 against the spread at home this year and was 35-38-1 against the spread as a chalk.
Kobe Bryant had a fine season as he led LA in scoring with an average of 26.8 points per game and he also led the Lakers in assists.
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