Kobe’s farewell tour ends this Wednesday, April 13th when the Los Angeles Lakers (16-65) host the Utah Jazz (40-40) in a game that means nothing for either team except of it being the Black Mamaba’s last. Techincally, Utah can still make the playoffs, but it is very unlikely. More on that later. Back to the Lakers who enter their season finale against the Jazz destined to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Lakers have already cemented their worst record in franchise history.
“Well, we suck,” Bryant said, laughing. “That’s tough.”
Insult to injury. ESPN dropped the Kobe’s last career NBA game for something a tad more exciting. With the Golden State Warriors (72-9) one win away from setting the NBA’s best regular-season record, ESPN will air the Warriors’ game against Memphis. Bryant’s last game will then be aired on ESPN2.
“What the hell do I care?” Bryant said before resorting to sarcasm. “It hurt my feelings.”
A Closer Look At Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers NBA Odds & My Free Pick
The NBA betting odds favor the visiting Jazz by 6-points to beat the Lakers. The game total is 192.5 for over/under bets. If you are betting the money straight up then Utah pays $100 on $235 while the Lakers pay $195 on $100.
Who: Utah Jazz (40-40) at Los Angeles Lakers (16-65)
When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Tip-Off: 10:30 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Stadium: STAPLES Center
Spread: Jazz -6
Moneyline: Jazz -235 Vs Lakers +195
Game Total: 192.5
Watch: ESPN 2
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Utah vs Los Angeles
Why Bet The Utah Jazz To Beat The Lakers
With the home loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the Utah Jazz head to Hollywood to play spoiler and enter the NBA annals as the last team to beat Kobe Bryant.
Utah needs alot of help to claim the West’s final playoff berth after losing three of its last four. The Rockets hold the in-conference record tiebreaker over the Jazz and can clinch with a home win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. But a Rockets loss and a Jazz win could alter the destinies of both teams.
This season, Utah is 3-0 versus the strugging Lakers. Their last meeting was a 123-75 blow-out win by Utah.
While the Jazz are playing fora hope at a post-season birth, the Lakers, at this point, aren’t playing for anyone or anything. Kobe’s teammates don’t much like playing with him and the locker room is in turmoil. The Jazz are lucky.
Why Bet The Los Angeles Lakers To Beat The Jazz
Will the Lakers have their head in the game with all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding Kobe’s final NBA game? Can they overcome team discord? Will Kobe have the game the Black Mamba deserveres?
All signs point to no.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Utah Jazz are 82-75 ATS, but that is better than the Lakers who are 73-87 ATS. In head-to-head matchups, the Utah Jazz are 5-1 ATS. Head-to-head matchups have skewed under (4 under, 2 over).
1/16/2015: Utah won 94 to 85, Utah covered -7.5, Game came under 196
2/25/2015: Los Angeles won 100 to 97, Los Angeles covered +9.5, Game went over 192
3/19/2015: Utah won 80 to 73, Utah covered -4.5, Game came under 183
1/10/2016: Utah won 86 to 74, Utah covered -3.5, Game came under 191
1/16/2016: Utah won 109 to 82, Utah covered -8.5, Game came under 191.5
3/28/2016: Utah won 123 to 75, Utah covered -13.5, Game went over 189
My final score prediction is Utah 99, Los Angeles 97.