Free NBA Hoops Pick: Jazz vs Lakers Lines
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(40-41) Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Lakers (16-65)
Date: Wednesday April 13th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -6
NBA Betting Total: 192.5
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The Staples Center is sure to be abuzz on Wednesday as Kobe Bryant takes the court for the final game in his illustrious career.
He’s going to have to earn his storybook ending the hard way because the Jazz are fighting for their playoff lives and they may face a win-and-you’re-in scenario to end their season.
The Jazz lead the season series 3-0, including a 48 point win the last time they met.
The Jazz come into the season’s final night needing some thing to go their way. Currently tied with the Rockets with the conference’s 8th best record, they need a win and a Houston loss to earn a first round meeting with the Warriors.
Utah are 3-3 in April and have only lost one game to a non-playoff team since the calendar flipped to March.
In the season series, the Jazz have won all 3 by an average margin of 25.6 points. Even more importantly they have shut the Lakers down to the tune of 77 points per game.
The Jazz posess one of the league’s most dominant defenses, but they may be without their defensive anchor in Rudy Gobert. Look for his status to have a significant impact on the Lakers ability to score at the rim.
The 7 foot French man has been the league’s 3rd best shot blocker this season.
Well here you go. The last chapter in one of the great NBA careers.
The Lakers really have no motivation to win this game, so this could be the Kobe Bryant show from start to finish. He should get every opportunity possible to score, but that could lead to a night of inefficient offense and bury the Lakers early.
The last time the Lakers managed a win against a Western conference opponent was March 22 against the Grizzlies. They are slightly better at home than on the road this year, but still win only 28% of their games at Staples.
The Lakers currently own the league’s worst offense on a points per game basis, but their opponent is not far behind. While the Lakers sit at a league low 97.3 PPG, the Jazz are third worst managing a mere 97.7 PPG.
The defense is not nearly so close though.
The Jazz possess the league’s second best defense, allowing 95.8 points. Conversely, the Lakers offer the 4th worst defensive unit allowing 10.7 points per game.
Kobe should be in for a big night in the box score. I’m not sure the outlook is nearly as positive for the Lakers as a team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss
- Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss
- Jazz are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles
Free Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Lakers NBA Prediction:
I would love to see Kobe go off for one last 50, but the Jazz have too much on the line to let this game slip away to an inferior team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -6
The Jazz starters play heavy minutes against an outmatched Lakers team and spoil the Staple’s crowd’s night.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Jazz 94 – Lakers 85
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