Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs Jazz Lines
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(1-0) L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz (0-1)
Date: Friday October 28
Time: 9 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena Salt Lake City, UT
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers +350 / Jazz -450
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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The Lakers got off to a solid start the after Kobe Bryant era with a win in their season opener at home, but are big betting underdogs on the road facing the Jazz.
The Jazz lost their first game of the season and they took 3 of 4 games from the Lakers last season. The lone loss to them was the season finale where Byrant had his Swan Song and went for 60 points.
In their season openers the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 120-114 and the Jazz lost to the Portland Trailblazers 113-104.
Last season the Lakers ranked dead last in points per game and 27th in opponents points per game.
In their opening win over the Rockets the Lakers shot 50.6% from the floor, while the Rockets shot 51.2% from the floor, but L.A. broke the game open in the 4th quarter outscoring Houston by 12 points.
The high scorer for the Lakers in the Houston game was Jordan Clarkson, who came off the bench to score 25 points.
Starters Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov combined for 30 points and 15 boards on 15 for 25 shooting and while D’ Angelo Russell went for 20 points he was only 7/16 from the floor.
James Harden of the Rockets was the game’s high scorer going for 34 points, but the Lakers clamped down on him on D, as he only scored six points in the 4th quarter.
The Lakers shot a decent 3-pt FG% in the win over the Rockets and in this game will face a Utah team that allowed the Blazers to shoot a scorching 3-pt FG% of 68.4% in their season opening loss.
Last season the Lakers were 12-29 on the road, which was the 2nd fewest road wins in the league.
Last season the Jazz ranked 28th in the league in points per game, but 2nd in opponents’ points per game.
The Jazz shot a good FG% in the loss to the Blazers (48.8%), but they allowed the Blazers to shoot 52% and hit on 13 of their 19 3-pointers.
Joe Johnson had a solid Jazz debut in the loss going for 29 points on 12/16 shooting.
One key match up in this game is at the C position with Mozgov facing 7’1” Rudy Gobert, who went for 12 points and 14 boards in the Blazers game.
The Jazz are without All Star SF Gordan Hayward (19.7 ppg last season), as he is out until mid November with a finger injury.
The Jazz will have to slow the pace of this game, which is their specialty, facing a young and fast Lakers’ squad that scored 20 fast break points in the win over Houston.
Utah has to play better in crunch time, as in the loss to Portland they outscored them by 14 points in the 3rd quarter to take a 6 points lead, but then they were outscored 15 points in the 4th quarter.
The Jazz loss to the Blazers was on the road and this game will be their home opener. Last season at home the Jazz were 24-17.
NBA Betting Trends:
- L.A. is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- L.A is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- UTAH is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- UTAH is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- UTAH is 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
The Lakers were not a good road team last season and they have lost their last 8 road games. On top of that they are only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games facing the Jazz.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: L.A. +8.5
However, the lone time they covered was their last match up and after gaining confidence with their season opening win the Lakers will, at least, cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Jazz 101 – Lakers 99
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