The Utah Jazz are inching closer to a playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference and they can wrap it up this weekend when they travel to face the LA Lakers on Sunday. The Jazz are one of few teams in the west with a good record recently, they have been showing they are up for the fight of the playoffs and could finish with the 4th seed giving them home court advantage in round one. You can get odds on Jazz at the Lakers at Bovada where you may also wager in-play.
The LA Lakers are out of contention, after showing flashes of promise as well as showing they still have a lot to learn. This is going the be a hugely important summer for them, which could shape the future of their franchise for the next few years, so while they don’t have too much to play for in the standings, their players will be desperate to show they want to play with the Lakers and they can add value to the roster.
Having said that though, in recent games the Lakers appear to have taken their foot off the gas a little and seem happy to cruise home to the end of the season. There are players on the roster who want to be here next season, and they are trying to prove their worth, while there are ones who already know they won’t be here. That can cause a strange atmosphere in the dressing room, and that is something that the Utah Jazz can take advantage of when they arrive in LA on Sunday.
The Jazz are playing very good basketball at the minute, despite facing some good teams and they can take advantage of the lower opposition they will be facing here to record what will be a very comfortable victory. The Jazz look like big favourites for this game, and I am backing them to win this one comfortable, by 15-20 points in what I think will be a very one-sided affair.
While it is important to keep tabs on what the Lakers are doing towards the end of this season to look for clues as to how they will line up next season, they are not a team to back in those games. The Jazz have something to play for and have been in far better recent form so they are the ones to back, and I think it will be a comfortable victory for them.