The Lakers beat the Jazz in Game 1 and they are favored at home tonight, where they have yet to lose in this season’s playoffs.
Utah Jazz at L.A. Lakers
Sportsbook has the Lakers as 5-point favorites in this game with a total of 199.
The Utah Jazz look to even the series tonight against the L.A. Lakers, but they need to play better in crunch time that they did in Game 1 in order to do so. In the last four minutes of Game 1 Kobe Bryant took over and scored 11 points and in that time the Jazz could only muster one field goal.
Even though the Lakers had more turnovers and only hit on 2/12 of their 3-pointers the Lakers shot a FG% of 53.2% in Game 1 and if they do that again tonight they will be heading to Utah up 2-0 in their series.
This season the Lakers were 34-7 at home and 34-46-2 ATS and the Jazz were 21-20 on the road and 49-30-3 ATS.
The Lakers won Game 1 on Sunday beating the Jazz 104-99.
Ron Artest was the only Lakers’ starter that did not shoot over 50% from the floor in Game 1.
Utah really hopes Andrei Kirilenko can play tonight, he will be a game-time decision with a calf injury, as L.A.’s 7-foot duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to score 33 points and 22 boards in Game 1.
Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams played well in Game 1, but the other Jazz players of C.J. Miles, Wesley Matthews, and Paul Millsap did score 46 points, but they were only a combined 17/42 from the field.
The Jazz were out-rebounded in Game 1 and they need to hit the boards better tonight.
Utah is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as a road underdog and L.A. is 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a home favorite.
In the last eight games between the Jazz and the Lakers the total has gone Under seven times.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic
Sportsbook has the Magic as 9-point favorites in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference semifinals series with a total of 192.
The Magic won three of the four games they played against Atlanta this season.
Orlando is well rested for this game after sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round while Atlanta was taken to seven games by the Milwaukee Bucks in their Sportsbook round series.
The Hawks are thin on the inside and unless they figure out a way to contain Dwight Howard they are a long shot to win this game, much less the series.