Teams in the NBA measure success in very different ways. While it is the goal of every team to be the champion once the season is all said and done, the reality is that only a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at winning the NBA Finals. For the rest of the pack, reaching the playoffs and winning a series or two is about the best that they can ask for. The Utah Jazz had a stellar regular season, going 51-31 and winning the Northwest Division in some style.
They followed that up with a gritty 7-game win over the LA Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs, but it really does look as though their fantastic journey is about to come to an end. The Golden State Warriors are the team that everyone believes are going to walk away with the crown this season, and they have done nothing so far to suggest there might be an alternative outcome. They head into Salt Lake City on Saturday night with a chance to go 3-0 in the series.
Analyzing The Warriors Vs Jazz NBA Game 3 Betting Odds & TV Info
When: Saturday, May 6 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
TV: ABC, SPORTSNET ONE
Radio: KZNS, 95.7 THE GAME
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: Golden State Warriors -5 (-110)
Why bet on the Golden State Warriors
The tougher task here is to find a reason why you shouldn’t bet on the Warriors. They look like a team on a mission right now, as they have been brutally efficient this postseason. They got the ball rolling by hitting the Portland Trail Blazers with a 4-game sweep, and they followed that up by winning the opening two games of this series in their own building in rather comfortable fashion. This is a team loaded with talent, and they have all taken turns at being the star through those first 6 games of the playoffs. It’s not just a matter of trying to shut one player down, as all 5 guys on the court at any given time can inflict major damage. The Warriors have won 4 of their last 5 games played in Utah.
Why bet on the Utah Jazz
The Jazz did a nice job of keeping things somewhat respectable in the opening two games of the series, losing by 11 and 12 points, respectively. The reality of the situation is that they are seriously overmatched here, and keeping it close is really about all we can expect. They did surprise the Warriors by beating them in Oakland during the regular season, but prior to that win, they had lost 7 in a row to Golden State. There is always the chance that Utah might rise up and steal a game in their own building, but you get the definite sense that this series is not going to last much longer.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think Game 3 will deliver more of the same, as I expect the Warriors to get the win without expending a whole lot of energy.