The LA Lakers look to close out the Utah Jazz tonight, April 27, at home in the Western Conference best of seven series. The Lakers lead the Jazz 3-1 after Kobe Bryant’s 38 points in Game 4. NBA oddsmakers at SBGglobal.com have the Lakers as whopping -11.5 point home favs over the Jazz with the over/under listed at 211 points. Get your 2009 NBA Playoffs LA Lakers vs Utah Jazz Prediction in now at SBGglobal.com
The Jazz outscored the Lakers in the first quarter by five points, but then allowed the Lakers 40 points in the second quarter as the Jazz could only muster up 16 points in the third to get the 94-108 loss. As a team they shot 44.2% from the field, 40% from the arch and 68.8% from the line. Their top producers in Game 4 were Deron Williams with 23pts, while Carlos Boozer added 23pts 16 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko had 15pts. The Jazz must drive the hoop and create fouls, they got 22pts out of a possible 32 at the line. Butmore importantly they must slow down Kobe. Carlos Boozer said Utah will have to play like it did in Game 3, when it let the Lakers jump to a 13-point lead in the third quarter, then rallied as the Lakers went cold, "We came out and attacked them defensively," Boozer said. "It's a tall task. They're a very good home team. "I believe that if we come with it defensively and share the ball offensively like we usually do, we'll have a chance to win the game. We just have to come with the mentality that we have nothing to lose. It's all or nothing." During the reagular season the Jazz averaged 102.2 ppg on the road and gave up an average 106.8 ppg.
The Lakers Kobe Bryant shook off a bad Game 3 where he made just 5 of 24 shots and came out big with a 38 point night, after going 16 for 24 and a perfect 5 for 5 at the line. Bryant said he knew he had to be more aggressive "right after Game 3. I felt like I needed to get going a little bit and put teams on their heels a little bit more." "You could see it in his eyes with the way he came out," Jazz Deron Williams said. "He didn't say anything to anybody. He didn't shake anybody's hands. You just knew he was ready." The Lakers other top scorers were Pau Gasol with 13pts 10 rebounds, while Derek Fisher added 12pts and Lamar Odom had 10pts 15 rebounds. As a team they shot 51.9% from the field, 42.1% at the arch and 71.4% at the line. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he's more confident about Trevor Ariza's sprained ankle than he is about Luke Walton's sprained ankle. During the regular season the Lakers averaged 108.3 ppg art home and gave up an average 98.2 ppg.
Recent Trends to Consider:
- Over is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
- Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
- Home team is 15-6-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
- Jazz are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles.
2009 NBA Playoffs LA Lakers vs Utah Jazz
When: Mon, April 27, 2009 10:30 PM ET
Pick: Lakers -11.5
Point-Spreads.com 2009 NBA Playoffs LA Lakers vs Utah Jazz
The Bottom Line: With a well rested Kobe and a home game where they can move on to the next round, it’s going to be a big win for the Lakers. Go Lakers! Get your 2009 NBA Playoffs LA Lakers vs Utah Jazz Prediction in now at SBGglobal.com and receive a 60% sign-up bonus on your initial deposit