Utah Jazz 30 to 1 to win Northwest Division

The Utah Jazz won again on Friday night. Check out their odds to win the NBA's Pacific Division.

By all reasonable accounts, the Utah Jazz have enjoyed a solid start to the season. On Friday night, they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 130-116 in a game that the Lakers hosted. They, the Jazz, are now 7-3 on the season and it's starting to look like Utah might challenge for the playoffs. In fact, they might also challenge for the Northwest Division's title. Utah is priced at 30 to 1 in that market with Unibet and they look like a clear value bet.

The Pick: Utah at 30-1 (+3000) to win the Northwest Division

A big reason why Utah is off to a solid start has to do with Lauri Markkanen. He is the second favorite in the Most Improved Player market with Unibet. Markkanen was disappointing with both Chicago and Cleveland but he has looked much better with Utah so far this season. On Friday night, Markkanen had 27 points and 13 rebounds. He was the higher scorer for his team and the high rebounder for both teams.

But the Jazz are a team with solid depth. Not only does that provide insurance in case a player gets injured but it can actually help prevent injury. The Jazz don't overuse their starters and even in competitive games, the minutes are generally kept in the low-30s. That's a sustainable situation and the 7-3 start should not be considered a fluke.

Odds to win the NBA's Pacific Division (Unibet)

  1. Denver Nuggets: -159 (about 5/8)
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves: +250 (5/2)
  3. Portland Trailblazers: +550 (11/2)
  4. Utah Jazz: +3000 (30/1)
  5. OKC Thunder: +25000 (25/1)

This is a market where the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves are clearly overrated. It seems that these teams must have taken a lot of bets before the season started. Minnesota is 4-5 to start the season and no one would be backing them right now. Denver has not played badly but they are in third place.

The Jazz are the best bet to make in this market following their strong start. They sit in second place behind Portland. However, Portland is heavily invested in Damian Lillard. If he goes, then so might the Blazers while the Jazz have much more to work with.

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