- Dallas star Luka Doncic will not be playing against the Utah Jazz in Game 2.
- The Jazz have -220 odds to win Game 2 in the absence of Luka.
- They are a whopping -900 to win the series, which may be premature.
DALLAS – The Utah Jazz are likely to have a distinct advantage over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of their series in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Mavericks will be missing Luka Doncic, who strained his left calf in the last game of the regular season.
Utah Jazz Vs, Dallas Mavericks Game 2 Odds
- Utah Jazz -220
- Dallas Mavericks +180
Game two of the series sees the Jazz as a -220 favorite on the online sportsbooks, but the series prices have the Jazz as nearly a lock to win.
Utah Jazz Vs. Dallas Mavericks Series Odds
- Utah Jazz -900
- Dallas Mavericks +575
This is a remarkably lopsided wager, especially in the context of the Jazz only being -220 favorites without Luka on the court.
However, it should be noted that if the Jazz win this game, it is highly unlikely for the Mavericks to recover and win the series, historically speaking.
However, there are some trends working in the favor of the Mavericks if Luka comes back and they can play at full strength.
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NBA Teams Winning After Being Down 0-2
There are only 31 instances in the history of the NBA in which a team was down 2-0 in a playoff series and came back to win the series.
On its face, that seems bad for the Mavs. However, it happened four times in the 2021 playoffs alone, a number that accounts for 10% of the total times it has happened in the history of the league.
It also happened in 2019, 2018, 2017 and twice in 2016. In other words, 29% of comebacks from 2-0 down have happened in the last six years – they seem to be becoming more common.
In fact, the Los Angeles Clippers recovered from a 0-2 deficit in 2021 against this very Utah Jazz team!
If Luka can make a return by Game 3, the Mavericks seem to be very much alive in this series – no matter what the NBA odds say.
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