NBA Playoffs Series Odds: Jazz Still Favorites Despite Game 1 Upset
Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: onas Valanciunas #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies and Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz.
Jazz vs. Grizzlies Series Odds
|Win in 4||+2200|
|Win in 5||+280||+1600|
|Win in 6||+270||+650|
|Win in 7||+250||+700|
No. 1 Utah Jazz
Like every team in the NBA this season, the Utah Jazz have dealt with a myriad of injuries that have disrupted their ability to play their usual starting lineup with consistency.
But unlike every team in the league, the Jazz didn’t let the injury bug stop them from being the first team in the league to hit the 50-win mark. Despite losing Donovan Mitchell for final 16 games of the regular season, the Jazz have the top seed in the West and are expected to have their franchise player back as well.
Utah has been excellent this season through a combination of gritty defense and otherworldly shooting from 3-point range. The Jazz lead the NBA with 43.1 attempts per game from 3-point range, more than two attempts ahead of the squad in second place.
When you take a look at the advanced numbers on Utah, lineups featuring Mike Conley have perform extremely well. He has put up 16.4 points and 6.0 assists per game while shooting a career-best 40.7% from 3-point range.
Utah head coach Quinn Snyder has helped lead the Jazz to a 40-31 record Against The Spread (ATS) this season, showing an impressive ability to smash through Vegas expectations this year. Still, they have the fourth-best odds in the NBA entering the postseason. Can the Jazz keep defying the odds all the way to their first NBA Championship?
No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies were +390 to make the NBA Playoffs entering the Play-In games Tuesday. They somehow pulled off an unlikely upset against the Golden State Warriors in the final play-in game for the final berth in the West.
While Memphis is by no means one of the more efficient offenses, the Grizzlies do possess an innate ability to get offensive rebounds and oh-so-valuable second-chance points in the halfcourt.
Memphis will be best served to play a slow-paced — besides Morant transition attacks — and grind-it-out style in the Play-In.
Jaren Jackson Jr. has been solid since his return, providing a much-needed rim protector and some scoring punch off after missing the first 56 games due to recovery from his torn meniscus. Jenkins’ ability to rely on Jackson for a bigger minutes load in the postseason will be the top factor for potential Memphis bettors to watch out for.
The Grizzlies have been one of the best teams in the NBA against the spread (ATS) this season. At this point, they’re very used to overcoming Vegas’ expectations, but they have plenty to overcome in Round 1.
Grizzlies vs. Jazz Game 1 Odds
|Moneyline||+280 / -375|
|Time||9:30 p.m. ET|
Jazz vs. Grizzlies Round 1 Schedule
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | 10 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 3: Saturday, May 29 | TBA p.m. ET on ESPN
Game 4: Monday, May 31 | TBD p.m. ET on TNT
Game 5: If Nec.
Game 6: If Nec.
Game 7: If Nec.
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