NBA Trends May 9
Re: NBA Trends May 9
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Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz
Lakers: LA remains the only team not to lose a game in the playoffs, going a perfect 6-0 SU & ATS. The Lakers ended Utah's 19-game franchise-record-tying home winning streak earlier this season, and they were tied for the second-best road record during the regular season with Orlando at 27-14. "We've got to control the pace," LA star Kobe Bryant said. "We are a pretty good road team; noise doesn't seem to bother us too much. We just look at it for what it is, which is noise. We do a good job of focusing on the game and executing and we are really looking forward to it."
Lakers are 8-0 SU & ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The OVER is 10-3 in LA's last 13 Friday games.
Key Injuries - NONE
Jazz (-4, O/U 215.5): Unlike Denver, Utah beat LA once during the regular season at home back on November 30th. The Jazz won in 120-96 rout behind 35 points from point guard Deron Williams, who started to heat up in the second half of Game 2. Williams scored 22 of his 25 points after halftime and needs to do a better job taking advantage of a key mismatch against former Utah guard Derek Fisher. The Jazz faithful will likely give Fisher a hard time again after he departed for the Lakers following last season. However, Fisher knows Williams well as a former teammate, which has helped him collect 9 steals in the first 2 games. "When he (Deron Williams) fakes, I don't go for it because I don't react that fast, so I end up still in front of him," Fisher said.
Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.
The OVER is 21-7 in Utah's last 28 games vs. Pacific Division.
The OVER is 8-3 in Utah's last 11 games as a favorite.
Key Injuries - NONE
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