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(16-33) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz (29-18)
Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart House Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Utah -13
NBA Betting Total: 203.5
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Thursday night NBA sees one playoff contender out West take on a squad in the midst of its worst rough stretch.
The Utah Jazz are heavy favorites to take down the Los Angeles Lakers, but while a straight up win is likely on the horizon, the question is: Have oddsmakers given this low-octane offense too large of a spread?
*All statistics, rankings, standings and records are accurate as of this writing at 1:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 26.
Los Angeles Lakers
The L.A. Lakers enter this game scoring 104.1 points per game. That number is good enough to place them in the lower half of the league, but not the bottom 10.
They’re currently 18th in the category.
Defensively, L.A. is giving up 110.5 points per contest. For those keeping track, that number is only good enough for 27th across the Association and is a far cry from making up the difference when looking at its subpar offense.
Against the Jazz, there will be two main goals at hand. For starters, control the pace.
Utah likes to slow things down on offense and get set on defense. Picking up the pace will force the Jazz out of their comfort zone, and it will put a young L.A. roster in the driver’s seat with players who fit that style well.
The other goal is to step up on D. No, the Jazz don’t score a lot of points, but they’re efficient on that end of the floor.
Running up and down the court (control the pace) is a start to rattling the Jazz, but their offense can score points when put in the right situation.
Forcing them into inefficient shots will be crucial.
The Utah Jazz enter this game scoring 99.4 points per game. That number puts them at 28th in the league, but as previously mentioned, that’s more about their pace and their style than their efficiency on that end.
Defensively, the Jazz are giving up 95.5 points per night, which is good enough for first in the Association. But if you’re telling yourself that this is only because of the pace they run, think again.
This group is efficient on that end as well and has earned a reputation as one of the stingiest squads in the Association on D.
As good as Utah has been this season (it’s really the dark horse out West that nobody is talking about), it’s dropped it’s last two against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets.
This team isn’t in any danger of falling out of the postseason picture just yet, but those are two opponents who are fighting for positioning.
The Lakers don’t fit that description, but a loss to them hurts at this point in the year.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
- Jazz are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference.
- Jazz are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Free L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Recent trends indicate that both of these teams are going to lose against the spread.
But we live in a reality where that’s not possible. So here’s what we’re going with:
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Utah ATS
Picking a low-scoring team to win by double-digits may seem out there, but that’s just how bad the Lakers are defensively.
Combine that with home-court advantage for the Jazz and the fact that L.A. is on the second night of a back-to-back and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a blowout in Salt Lake City.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah Jazz 107 – Los Angeles Lakers 93
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