Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs. Jazz NBA Odds
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2021 NBA Handicapping
(22-10) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz (25-6)
Date: Wednesday, February 24th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers +305 | Jazz -331
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
On Wednesday, February 24th the Los Angeles Lakers travel to face hosts the Utah Jazz for the first time this season.
The Lakers hold the all-time record between the squads with 110 victories in 186 meetings. Last season these clubs met three times Lakers sweeping the series.
Los Angeles Lakers
Demonstrating how precarious success is when one or more players gets injured on a squad some teams are able to employ the ‘next man up’ while others experience major regression.
That’s what the Lakers are dealing with as Anthony Davis is out with Achilles tendinosis as well as a calf injury. LA will exercise caution but early predictions are he’ll be out until the end of March.
Without their second superstar, the Lakers felt his absence but the situation worsened with news Dennis Schroder would miss games due to health and safety protocols and won’t play versus the Jazz.
The impact of missing two members of their core has been palpable with the Lakers losing four of their last five games. In the most recent loss, the Washington Wizards won in overtime.
This was the fourth time this month LA had to play OT versus a sub .500 team (Pistons, Thunder x2).
LeBron James had a chance to win the match versus the Wizards at the line but missed. James was a rebound shy of a triple-double with 31 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds. But, his eight turnovers are likely a sign of fatigue.
He’s carrying a heavy load logging the third-most minutes of all players in the NBA and leads the league for minutes played in the month of February.
With the best record in the NBA, coaches selected Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert as All-Star reserves.
Mike Conley got snubbed again but with the Jazz continuing to win while he was out six games it likely hurt his chances. He may still get the tap as an injury replacement with Davis unable to participate.
No team has been hotter than the Jazz who posted 11 and nine-game win streaks losing only twice in their past 23 games. Notably, their schedule has helped with 13 wins coming versus sub .500 clubs.
They’ve also beat elite teams but lucked out in the timing they played them. It’s reminiscent of what the Bucks dealt with last season with teams stars out injured.
Case in point, Jrue Holiday (Bucks), Joel Embiid (76ers), TJ Warren/Caris LeVert (Pacers) and Kawhi Leonard/Paul George (LAC) were out at least one game. Moreover, the Mavericks, Bucks, and Celtics were all struggling when Utah played them.
It’s a relevant point because with a fully healthy roster the Nuggets and Clippers beat Utah.
Conley returned to the lineup after missing six games to play in games versus the Clippers and Hornets. Udija Azubuike (ankle) is the only Jazz player out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 meetings.
- The Lakers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings
- The teams are 5-5 in the over/under in their last 10 meetings
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Although LeBron will want to win this match to send Utah a message facing the Jazz machine without Davis and Schroder is a tough proposition.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +8.5
Jazz keeps rolling and makes the Lakers pay on the perimeter.
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