Utah Jazz vs. LA Lakers Betting Odds + Playoff Schedule
Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs. Utah (8)
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Key to series: Pace. The Lakers can’t lose if this becomes a showtime series. Utah would prefer to play on mud.
Los Angeles 65-17
Season series: Los Angeles 2-1
(at) Los Angeles 125, Utah 112
(at) Utah 113, Los Angeles 109
(at) Los Angeles 113, Utah 100
Game 1 – Sun April 19 Utah at L.A. Lakers 3:00PM ABC
Game 2 – Tue April 21 Utah at L.A. Lakers 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 23 L.A. Lakers at Utah 10:30PM TNT
Game 4 – Sat April 25 L.A. Lakers at Utah 9:00PM ESPN
Game 5 * Mon April 27 Utah at L.A. Lakers TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 30 L.A. Lakers at Utah TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 2 Utah at L.A. Lakers TBD
Playoff Gambling Trends: Lots of points on the board here. The over has covered every game. LA enters the series with 7 wins in its last 8.
How Los Angeles wins: Kobe Bryant does a reasonable facsimile of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers push the ball on every opportunity and the LA front line holds its own. Andrew Bynum uses the series to get into better game shape.
How Utah wins: For once this season against the Lakers, the Jazz control tempo, cut down on the Lakers’ fast-break opportunities. Deron Williams outplays Derek Fisher by a wide margin, Bryant decides to take a few games off, Utah steals one in LA in holds serve in Salt Lake City.
Prediction: Los Angeles in 5, but they can sweep if they don’t look ahead to the second round.
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